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A Short Film By Barbara Knezevic & Alice Rekab

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Unreliable Narrators

As unreliable narrators of multiple origins it is from this starting point that we composed this moving image work. Fitting somewhere in between a script, a catharsis, and a history lesson, this work takes its origins from imaginary topographies, partisan monuments, ancient fragments of domestic life and Irish, Syrian, Serbian, Croatian and West African folktales (real or fabricated). Wiliče is interested in the creative interpretation of provenance, tradition, and the other stories we tell ourselves about who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

Barbara Knežević

Barbara Knežević makes sculptural artworks, that appear as complex formations of objects including materials such as ceramics, stone, perspex, vegetation, fabric, textiles and screens featuring moving images. These art works can be more closely described as sculptural concentrations, an omnivorous selection of things acting together calling to mind familiar arrangements; film sets, photographic shoots, museum displays, retail displays and other staged arrangements of found and fabricated items. In these sculptural concentrations, items are arranged with attention to, though not always respecting museological conventions that make visible the hierarchies of value in material culture. These concentrated sculptural arrangements aim to distil and amplify the qualities and affect of the objects they display, through repeating and calling attention to texture, colour, opacity, pattern or other haptic, sensual qualities. Barbara Knežević’s work explores the potential for artworks to create affect, produce feeling, to induce wellbeing or to generate emotive and pleasurable states. Her artworks produce relayed intra-relations between objects, viewer, and space and propose the potential of artworks as zones for radical joyfulness and pleasure, and as ways to reimagine and reconsider ways of being.

Alice Rekab‘s practice is concerned with expressions and iterations of complex cultural and personal narratives. Alice Rekab takes their own mixed-race Irish identity as a starting point from which to explore experiences of race, place and belonging. Over the last ten years Alice Rekab’s practice has centred around collaboration and interdisciplinary work from which they produce film, performance, image and sculpture, creating new intersectional narratives and objects for exhibition.

Projects include Ricochet #14, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2021); Two External Light Sources At The Same Time, Atrium, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (2019); The Nomoli/Father talk, VERY Project Space, Berlin (2019) and The Open Object, Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2018). Alice Rekab is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award 2020.

This event is part of the Mother Tongues Festival. Check out our rich programme of events: www.mothertonguesfestival.com

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