October 19, 2011 - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - 1395 Days without Red
October 19, 2011

1395 Days without Red

Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala, “1395 Days without Red,” 2011.
A project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers.
Photo: © Milomir Kovačevic Strašni.

1395 Days without Red

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1395 Days without Red is a cinematographic project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers. Conceived, developed and filmed as a collaborative project, it resulted in two independent films, presented simultaneously, as two separate installations, for the first time at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The films are a unique opportunity to see how, having started with the same materials, the personal reading of each artist and their way of working—not only with the film material, but also the space—convey two completely different ways of understanding the same project.

1395 Days without Red digs deep into the experience of the siege of Sarajevo, which took place from 5 April 1992 to 29 February 1996, a period when, according to the UN, the city’s inhabitants were reduced from 435,000 to 300,000. During this time, some 10,000 people were killed and over 56,000 were wounded by sniper bullets and exploding grenades. Thousands of homes and public buildings (including the university and the library, which housed over two million volumes) were destroyed in one of the longest sieges in European history. The two films show the trauma inflicted by the conflict on the people of Sarajevo. 1395 Days without Red is a journey to the past from the perspective of the present, through a series of daily routes in today’s Sarajevo, which recreate what was once known as ‘Sniper Alley’. A temporal journey referring to the universality of emotions beyond their geographical location and through a city’s collective memory. The siege of Sarajevo lasted 1,395 days.

1395 Days without Red (2011)
A film by Šejla Kamerić
Single channel video, colour, sound, 65 mins

1395 Days without Red (2011)
A film by Anri Sala in collaboration with Liria Bégéja
Single channel video, colour, sound, 43 mins 46 secs

From a project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers

MACBA Collection. Fundació Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Work co-produced by Artangel (London) and Fundació
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam) / with the support of Han
Nefkens, H+F; Manchester International Festival / Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester); Festival d’Automne (Paris); Arts Council England; European Cultural Foundation; Film Fund Sarajevo; Marian Goodman Gallery (New York) and Hauser & Wirth (London/Zurich). Acquisition 2010.
© 2011, Artangel, Sejla Kameric, Anri Sala, SCCA/pro.ba

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