thus spoke irena ristić

17th of january 2015.
20th of february 2015.
at 8 p.m.@rex belgrade

so far fifty-nine woman named irena ristic are invited to meet each other and to answer a few questions. their personal histories are different in many ways: ranging experience, desires and choices, as well as the contexts in which they were growing up. they differ in social, educational, professional and family status, regarding the conditions in which they live, regarding to the tastes and styles, by religious, ideological and sexual orientations, and also by different historical experiences in the scope of former yugoslavia. the intersection personal narrative about the origin of the name with the narratives of the namesakes, the author explores the possible touch points: what else could connects them, except the names which have gained due to circumstances, and which, mostly, were not chosen.

thus spoke irena ristić is the polymedia work, consisted of the video and performative elements. materials were developed on the basis of biographical data, interviews and responses to the questionnaires derived from the "diary 1966-1971" by max frisch.
the work examines the limits of human encounter in the context of an exhausted and fragmented society. the question is whether the perverted individualistic model might be replaced by new forms of solidarity, in which an unknown and distant people are connected, in order to share the universal human experiences. at this point it seems necessary to create a counterweight to the social segregation that induces mistrust and ideological collisions, as well as the experience of isolation, powerlessness and forced indifference.

author: irena ristić

script: irena ristić & irena ristić
performers: irena ristić, irena ristić & irena ristić
associate writers: anđelka nikolić & miloš paunović
camera: aleksandar papajić
editing: david damjanović
music: ah ahilej
design: mihaela drakulović

production: hop.la!
support: orange studio, quad & ministry of culture and information republic of serbia

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