Ibro Hasanovic: A short story
1 Jun – 2 Sep 2012
The 2012 exhibition programme in the Turku Art Museum features video and media art by artists from the Balkan region. In the summer, the Darkroom presents A short story (2011, 10:20 min), a video piece by the Bosnian visual artist Ibro Hasanović (b. 1981). In the beginning of the video, the air over a forest landscape begins to shimmer from heat. The sound of crackling wood seems soothing, but then the camera begins to lean and the scene tilts dangerously. Fire is a destructive force, but it is also the beginning of something new.

Peace returns to the land. The mountainous landscape is picturesque and romantic, with a dog running around and birdsong filling the air. Then a man steps into the picture to tell a story. In calm tones, he tells how something unexpected happened and how people reacted to it. As the story progresses, we learn that the man speaking fanatically is addressing children. The plot thickens and reaches the climax when the words pour out of the man’s mouth with increasing pace. The children are sitting quietly on the ground, listening solemnly to the ominous speech. There is no doubt that the speech will change their idea of the world. Finally we are blinded by a red colour and screeching sounds echo in our ears.

For the work, Ibro Hasanović collected information about the story told in the village of his uncle, Hamed Hasanović. The story in the video is a prophecy from the mysterious epic, Qasida. The predictions are about war, political leaders, migrations, resurrection of saints and nature. With his work, Ibro Hasanović wants to investigate how people’s talk – whether remembered stories or presumably innocent exchanges of ideas in a local cafe –can affect future events and alter the future of an entire community. What people say influence our ideas of the past, alter the present, and create an idea of the future.

In its use of cinematic narrative devices, Ibro Hasanović’s A short story alludes to Jean Luc Godard (b. 1930) and to the Black Wave movement prevalent in Yugoslav cinema in the 1960s and ‘70s. Ibro Hasanović currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, and Rouen, France.
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