EXHIBITION “VIENNA/SERBIA RAW – OUR NEW NEIGHBOURS” IN BELGRADE
Opening: 02 October, 5:30pm
03. – 13. October 2015
Trg Nikole Pašića
The exhibition Vienna/Serbia Raw – Our new neighbours is a result of photography workshops with migrants, which took place between May and July 2015 in two cities in Serbia (Subotica and Belgrade) and Vienna. The workshops were based on the artistic practice of the established photo collective Belgrade Raw from Serbia in cooperation with BLOCKFREI. Belgrade Raw was joined for these workshops and field work by a documentary film director – Srđan Keča.
The participants had the opportunity to reflect upon/exchange their experience and to work with their already existing photographic and video material depicting their background as well as parts of their journey to Europe. Some of them produced new material, dealing with their current place of living, people and environment.
Along with exploring the experiences of refugees, the collective Belgrade Raw explored some of the reactions of their new surroundings dealing with this aspect as crucial for defining the place that refugees can take in their new societies.
The project uses art practices of documentary photography in the context of one of the most relevant socio-political issues nowadays – problematic of migrants – mutual for both Serbia and Austria, in order to enable higher visibility and awareness of their cultures and heritage, but also their everyday problems.
The project is realized by BLOCKFREI in cooperation with Serbian photography collective Belgrade Raw and a refugee association Ute Bock in Vienna.
In November 2015 the exhibition will be shown in Vienna also in a public space.
The project is supported by ERSTE Foundation, The 10th District of Vienna and Austrian Federal Chancellery.