Since March 2015, a small team around SEE.ID has been working on the concept of "RAJASTHAN" (working title), a music performance project and its cultural and scientific framework program. Its goals are to reflect the position of Sinti & Roma in Europe and to discuss the recognition and affiliation processes of minorities.
The project proposal to the EU program area Creative Europe was submitted by the end of September. In the next weeks, a hopefully successful third-party funding will be carried out. We will come up soon with more information! Read more in the Rajasthanfolder.
In October 2015, the EU project “Hera – Uses of the Past” is processed in the second stage of selection procedure. The proposal has been drafted jointly by scientists from Austria, Iceland and Portugal. The SEE.ID team will be contributing with its broad experiences in working at the interface of science and culture through audiovisual means – in form of documentary film, workshops and discussion rounds. We will be giving guidance in working with ethnographic material to producing a documentary film from and with a grass-roots level approach.
We are in preparations for the ethnographic and participatory documentary film “Transmigrants Stories from the Southern Caucasus” (working title). The film is about the longing for utopia, new gender roles and postsoviet practices of people from Georgia who migrated to European countries. The project is being developed by Aleksandra Vedernjak-Barsgiani together with filmmakers, activists and migrants living in Vienna, Berlin and Tbilisi.
In her article "Zwischen Subversion und Inkorporation. Unsichtbare Handlungsstrategien georgischer Transmigrant_innen" (Online-Journal movements 2015) she draws a vivid picture on invisible strategies of Georgians transmigrants, as she calls them, between subversion and incorporation. The research is based on Aleksandras multi-sited ethnography in Georgia and Austria (2010-2012) as part of her PhD on transnational spaces, mobility and agency in the Gender Initiativkolleg of the University Vienna. Supervisor is Sabine Strasser, University of Bern, Switzerland.
a documentary film project on the phenomenon of Jugonostalgija
Josefina, a young woman from the ex-Yugoslavian diaspora in Berlin starts a journey to find out how people in the countries of former Yugoslavia are dealing with questions of nostalgia and identity after the break-up of their common state. She is led by the question: „How to deal with the remembrance and the memory of something that doesn‘t exist anymore?“ Josefina meets artists, activists, prominent persons like Tito’s granddaughter Svetlana Broz and scholars in Ljubljana, Kumrovec, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade.
Carrying a “nostalgic suitcase” with her, she asks them for their memories, for their relationship to the past and for their longings. They pack a personal memory in form of a story, a wish for the future or a relic of the past in Josefinas “nostalgic suitcase”. In the end of her quest, she opens the suitcase.
The documentary shows the complexity of jugonostalgija, as a critical gaze at nationalistic trends, a strong desire for travelling without borders, for shared experiences such as the Yugo-rock scene or common values such as solidarity and fraternity/sisterhood („bratstvo i jedinstvo“). An acordeon player accompanies with his Balkan music the journey to post-Yugoslavian worlds of remembrance which is more than that: it‘s about hunger for utopia.
A film by Aleksandra Vedernjak, Josefin Bajer, Daniela Mehler
Cutter: Branka Pavlović
Austria/Germany 2010, 94 min.
Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, German, English
Subtitles: German or English
Filmblog in English: http://seeindialogue.wordpress.com/