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ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Common Trip
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

 
 
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ART WORK
PASSPORT

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Ghazel

Interspace

When in 1997 French Immigration Office denied her the permit of stay and asked her to leave France, Ghazel, artist of Iranian origin, did not peacefully wait further, in any case unfavorable, development of events. In her own way she met the challenge so typical for lives and fate of multimillion population of dislocated. She made an announcement and printed the poster where, beside obligatory photo of herself, the following text was printed:

"URGENT, Woman, 33, artist of Middle Eastern origin and WP (without permit) seeks a husband, from EU, preferably France, contact e-mail ..." and so forth.

Here, for us who are not that dislocated, the conclusion of her action is not that important. It seems the outcome was positive, because - at least temporarily - she is living in Montpellier. What is important - and whereto her action indicates - is not only the question of personal identity defined by some, until now, general terms of reference like nation, nationality, family, society, culture, gender, but it's transformations into completely different quality that with these general ID terms of reference has nothing to do any more. With what it does, then?

It seems that individual solutions and personal paradigm are again heaving in sight. Personal relationship and personal reflection and personal responsibility. Chinese in France, Kenyan in London, American in Oslo, Albanian in Milan, Palestinian woman who knows where, Englishman in Taiwan, Croat in New York, Ghazel, Iranian woman, in Montpellier, etc. are the great community of "others", that seriously questions the values on which are founded the myths of "first" and "native" ones, not to say "indigenous", wherever they are. It has become obvious that the so called cultural identity is at the same time fiction and need or - more to the point: invented necessity, but also a necessary invention.

"My work is about the foreigner's position in the West and the foreigner's position in Iran" - says Ghazel and continues: "My films are like a home video, through images I document my life, my reflections, impressions, thoughts, fears, remembrances, wishes, experiences, my present, past and future, my emotions, hopes and desires, my energy and complexes, paradoxes, my personality and my dreams, my recollections and my memory. They are my parallel life."

It is becoming more and more obvious that in the interspace there is still enough air and room for all of those who have jumped from one space into another. This interspace has indeed proved to be creatively more stimulating than the one populated by the "first" and "native" ones who, from the poor, exhausted, original soil of their own space, appeal to the spirits of tradition and their sanctity. Interspace has the force of amalgamation, the force of transformation and the force of creation of values that surely, already now, overshadow local myths. Ghazel is not alone. Her population counts many millions and whether world wants it or not, it has to come to peace with this fact. The sooner, the better.

Ghazel (IRR)
Artist based in Paris, France
ghazel@nomade.fr







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?