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ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Travelling together
Roman Ondak
JOURNEY

Two Journeys
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer
 
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
 
Nothing Happens Accidentally
Aleksandar Battista Ilić
 
Border Crossing Services
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
 
Sing me a song ...
Maja Bajević
 

ART WORK

 
 
IN-BETWEEN
 
 
 
 





ART WORK
PASSPORT
ONLINE
Porta Palazzo

Sing me a song and I will
tell you who you are

Maja Bajević

The performance took place at the open market of Torino, Porta Palazzo, a market that is the symbol of North-Italian immigration problems. The "old" immigrants are those from the south, Italians themselves, but considered in the north as new comers. The new immigration is the one from other countries: the Maghreb, Romania, Albania, etc. The old and the new immigrants have quite a difficult relation, the old ones making the new ones suffer as they themselves suffered upon their arrival. That is often the case in many countries where the old immigration becomes the worst enemies of the new one.
We had been warned about this situation, a situation so difficult that our project was thrown from hand to hand in between different institutions like a hot potato. We asked for help in contacting the people from the market, but finally found ourselves almost completely alone in trying to realize the project.

The project was about immigrants, old and new ones. We were supposed to sing the anthem of the country that we come from and then the Italian anthem or in my case the French anthem, showing in that way that the feeling of belonging to a nation or a country is hard to define in today's world where so many people live in more than one. The fact of singing different national anthems breaks the myth of the "one and only." Can one individual, and should one individual define him or herself through a state, a nation?

Alone in the "struggle for contacts" we managed in seven days to make beautiful relations with the people from the market and found one young Tunisian man, another Moroccan, a Romanian father of a family all working on the market and an Italian from the South, and of course myself with my three anthems, the ex-Yugoslav, the Bosnian and the French. We were very happy to see that these two "sides" were ready to work with us, and even enjoying it. The performance started, as planned, but then a third force came in, one we did not count on, the "force of order". Apparently the chief of the police had given his word that we would not be disturbed, but forgot to write that down or even inform his employees. We were never provided with written permissions although we asked for them before starting. The force of order came in the appearance of seven policemen that did not want to know anything about art, the Big Torino, or singing. What they did want to know is if we were drunk... We had to stop everything after 45 minutes and to cancel the performance that was supposed to take place the next day. Sometimes a situation that is considered to be difficult happens to be difficult but out of a completely different reason. It is a big social game after all.

Torino, April 21, 2002
Maja Bajević
Artist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Zurich, Switzerland
maja.bajevic@collegium.ethz.ch






REPORTS
MAP
IMAGE OF BODO KAPING
INTERVIEW
Interview with Bodo Kaping
OVERVIEW

Trafficking
Lovorka Marinović
A booming sex slavery trade --trafficking and the exploitation of women

Migration as a Global & Local Problem
Božena Katanec
Freedom, frustration, and the countries in-between

Interview with Bodo Kaping
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
Excerpt from the video "Border Crossing Services",


 WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Looking for a husband with an EU passport
Tanja Ostojić
THEORY

PRISONERS OF A GLOBAL PARANOIA
Žarko Paić
Ježevo as a permanent twilight zone between borders, politics and ideas.

Thnking in Exile
Suzana Milevska
I live, I dwell means the same as I am... Philosophical ideas connecting ourselves and our living spaces.

Jezevo - a story without a happy ending
Marina Gržinić
Ježevo as the cordon sanitaire of Europe.

Illegal migrants and late capitalism
Rastko Močnik
Unprecedented global inequality -- the final crisis of Capitalism?