Artistic research (2017-...) by Ana Vujanovic and Marta Popivoda
It is our new research project, where we investigate antifascist history of Yugoslavia and especially the role of women in that struggle, through landscape dramaturgy and essay film as our main artistic means.
Two artworks on which we work right now within this research are: Resisting Landscapes (a documentary film) and Freedom Landscapes (a performative-cinematic installation).
Both artworks are envisaged as an artistic-political journey through the landscapes of anti-fascist and communist memories, which is not afraid of being poetic, affective, sensorial, and experiential, all along conceptually and rationally outlining the problem of erasing these memories from the history of today’s European society.
a film by Marta Popivoda
script: Marta Popivoda and Ana Vujanovic, dramaturgy: Ana Vujanovic
Serbia / Germany
90 min / 2019
Work in progress TEASER: https://vimeo.com/265787354/3a9f0314d8
The last voyage through the landscapes of vanishing memory of Sonia, a gentle elderly lady who was a fighter, first Partisan woman in Serbia and a member of the resistance movement at Auschwitz. Where did her resistance come from?
Resisting Landscapes is a film about Sofija Vujanović, the first Partisan women in Serbia. She was also one of the leaders of the Resistance at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film deals precisely with that story, bespeaking that it is possible to think and practice resistance even in such a totalitarian situation as Nazi concentration camps. While traveling through the landscapes of Sonia’s memory, we enter an archive of a world that is vanishing inevitably with its last actors, a story that must be told now or will disappear forever.
a performative-cinematic installation by Ana Vujanovic w/ Marta Popivoda
Slovensko Mladinsko Gledalisce, premiere: 29 November 2018
From the concept note:
Freedom Landscapes is a landscape performance, which deals with the Slovenian and Yugoslav anti-fascist history. Documentary materials such as diaries and interviews of women communists and partisans from the WW2 are our points of departure to open wider issues of anti-fascist heroines, womanly face of the war and the relations between the memory and history.
In this performance we combine landscape dramaturgy with essay film to experiment with different manners of dealing with political content in contemporary media environment. To do so, we look back to its historical roots and find inspiration in Gertrude Stein’s landscape plays, cubist painting and constructivist monuments, and we also look forwards and find inspiration in the visual and hypertextual logic of the Internet. In this way we create an artistic environment in which the performance and audience co-exist, spending time with each other and taking care of each other. Together they create shared views to what is happening around them today. And what is happening is the memory that struggles to remain history, and that needs us, living people to hold it there.
My text about landscape dramaturgy in contemporary dance, performance and film
“MEANDERING TOGETHER: NEW PROBLEMS IN LANDSCAPE DRAMATURGY”
can be read and downloaded here.