The title of Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala’s soon to be screened dual film project for Artangel refers to the 1395 days between 1992 and 1996 when the city of Sarajevo was under siege. During this time residents were advised not to go into the streets wearing bright colours. It was feared that to do so would alert their movements to the snipers positioned in the surrounding hills.
1395 Days without Red revisits the streets of Sarajevo and presents the journey of one woman across the city as she pauses at each road junction, knowing that to chance a dash across the exposed road could be to chance her life. In another part of the city an orchestra can be heard rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony, the Pathétique. This music is also present inside the woman’s head and she can be heard to hum it by way of comfort as she encounters each crossing.
Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo and the film draws upon her experiences of living through the siege, a theme that is explored in much of her work as an artist. Anri Sala is known for his video work in which he explores the influence of sound upon the formation of physical and political space, his solo work will be shown at the Serpentine Gallery in London from October. For this piece Kameric and Sala have worked with the composer and performer Ari Benjamin Meyers who produced Il Tempo del Postino for the inaugural Manchester International Festival along with past Artangel stars Douglas Gordon and Matthew Barney. His work returns to the festival this year where his collaboration with Sala and Kameric premiered.
1395 Days without Red was commissioned by Artangel with Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery, Fundació Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The project will be screened in a specially customized space in west London from 29th September.
Images: Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala.1395 Days without Red. courtesy of Artangel
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