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finalist Zvono Award , 2006
"… For the last decade, his works have taken the form of interactive and perceptual installations and chronicles, whose structure and form reflect a representative approach related to his experience during and after the Balkan War..". (Beral Madra)
Oblivion Kills is a reaction to the aggressive campaign against smoking (in some countries regulated by the law), the campaign implemented at the times when the word death becomes a very common word in the journalists vocabulary and when confrontation with our recent past is consciously being forgotten and held back. The box of the Sarajevo DRINA cigarettes bears the notice "Oblivion kills" instead of the slogan "Smoking kills". The artwork was made in cooperation with Sarajevo Tobacco Factory, and is signed by the author and the "Mothers of the Enclaves of Srebrenica and Žepa" association. It is numbered from 001 to 800.
"… Seven hundred white sheets of Brail alphabet that Đerković offers us, however, lend themselves for a different reading. These look more like icons or intelligible tablets of knowledge than sublimated objects of spatial perception—although they do require or instigate the perceptual capabilities of the viewer. In this case the perceptual capability becomes the prerequisite of civil participation in a human drama. A drama that is not easy to grasp and digest. Đerković approaches with a subdued interference, an act that encircles the incapability to overcome the impact of the reality and memory. Rather than directly attacking with a representative image, he prefers to retreat into a concealed image. In an age of trans-gressive post-human images that invites the attention of the media-corrupted viewer, this work elevates the gaze to an introvert and abstract journey…"
Beral Madra, BM Center of Contemporary Art, Istanbul
20. 11. 2007 20:51:15
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