Serbian-born, Netherlands-based artist Katarina Zdjelar explores language and sound in relation to cultural contexts. The videos selected for this session interrogate the role of voice and music in establishing national identities, whether relating to immigration status, colonial structures or linguistic imperialism.
During this event Zdjelar will be screening two of her films and discussing them and her wider practice with Amado Miguel, Senior Curator at Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art.
The Perfect Sound (2009) shows an individual attending an English language accent removal class and examines migrant integration policies in the UK. Similarly, Shoum (2009) follows two non-English-speaking Serbian men attempting to transcribe the lyrics of ‘Shout’, a songby the UK band Tears for Fears, thus inventing a language that is part phonetic English, part Serbian.
My Lifetime (Malaika) (2012) documents a rehearsal of the Ghanaian National Symphony Orchestra, making a comment on postcolonial ideological transfer. Aitormena. World jautsitsaitsutsitsaitsugunea (2012) explores the adoption of the Basque language by bands in Spain following the death of General Franco, revealing connections between politics and symbolic capital.
Where: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ
When: 12 January 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
To register please click here. Registration closes at midday on the day of the event. Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend, but places are strictly limited and offered first come first served. You may register for up to two places but must specify the name and details of each guest individually for the registration to be valid.
A free return coach will be available for the journey from Newcastle to Middlesborough, select the ticket option on eventbrite to reserve your place as spaces are limited. The coach will leave from Bewick Street near Newcastle Central Station at 5:15pm and return from MIMA at 8:45pm.
Workshop: with Katarina Zdjelar, 11 January 2017, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Katarina will also be delivering a workshop at mima, offering insights into her creative process and methodologies as well as the themes and issues she engages with. Read more here.
Image: Katarina Zdjelar, Aitormena. World jautsitsaitsutsitsaitsugunea, 2013 (still). Courtesy of the artist, Rotterdam.