Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration» 2010
Scene for New Heritage. Trilogy
  • Director: David Maljkovic (Croatia)

    Born in 1973 in Rijeka (Croatia). Currently lives and works in Zagreb. One of the most popular and promising newgeneration artists. Participant of the numerous international projects. Including: Busan Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2008) and Istanbul Biennale (2005, 2009).

Croatia,  2004,  21 min.
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Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration»

In the “Scene for New Heritage” Trilogy the artist offers an unusual interpretation of the future, facing people living in reality with the objects of the past. In the center of the narrative is a memorial park “Petrova Gora” one of the most important places in the history of Croatia. During the Second World War, “Petrova Gora” was a haven for the Yugoslav communists, and later, throughout the existence of Yugoslavia, the park has become a place of compulsory attendance and was turned into a kind of sanctuary. The central object of the narrative is a monument, representing a striking example of Modernist architecture, which is currently abandoned and never used. In a sense, the author simulates the implementation of the new format of iconoclasm a sacred structure is not subject to violent destruction, but is simply removed from the collective memory. The characters of all three films are the aimlessly wandering young men, who accidentally find themselves in the space of lost events and respond to the situation in different forms. Some of them, like the ancient heroes, arrive at the unknown, barbaric land, which seems surprising, but uninteresting, strange world. Their speech, in its semantic structure, sounds like the ancient chants, transmitting their total indifference. Others, however, try to comprehend the silent challenge of history. Although, it still seems to be something incomprehensible for them, something that will never become a part of their identity.