A Spectacular Ghost
Military narratives have long been an integral part of Balkan music, at once blending stories of heroism and sacrifice with upbeat melodies. The aestheticization of violent conflict and unrest is not a uniquely Balkan phenomenon, however, its Baroqueness is captivating. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the only form of pan-Balkanness exists in entertainment, with contestants from all former republics singing the same songs, removed from the backdrop of still recent ethnic conflicts. In A Spectacular Ghost, I explore these themes by integrating scenes of war with those of entertainment. The disintegrated Balkan identity seems to come together in appropriated footage from Zvezde Granda, a singing competition, only to collapse on itself. In another attempt, I try to restitch the identity on my body by pinning patches that were taken from soldier’s uniforms from the Balkan wars on my chest. Yet, the effort is futile since the only place where pan-Balkanness can exist today is in brief and fragile spectacles.
- Project Roles
- Artist, Editor (Film/TV), Producer
- Art Direction, Editing, Videography
- Experimental Films