Newsreel Tribute – Prime Time in Camps and Slon Tango
The Newsreel Front’s intervention consists of the purchase of two Chris Marker films, Prime Time in the Camps (1993) and Slon Tango (1993), and their donation to the national Moderna galerija museum in Ljubljana for its art collection. Prime Time in the Camps portrays the life of Bosnian refugees at the Roška refugee center at 40 Poljanska St. in Ljubljana, who set up a makeshift television and recording studio with donated equipment and produced their own news reports. Called Izbjeglička televizija (Refugee Television), their daily broadcasts are valuable documents of an emancipatory activity undertaken by refugees through the medium of television. Slon Tango was filmed the same year at the Ljubljana Zoo, in a friendly nod to the famous S.L.O.N. collective (Société pour le lancement des oeuvres nouvelles), active in the late 1960s with the aim of uniting artists and filmmakers in resistance and establishing fundamental principles for nonhierarchical collective work.
At the exhibition, the films are juxtaposed with a photograph of a razor-wire fence erected along Slovenia’s border with Croatia today and a selection of photographs, books and other material from Meta Krese’s personal archive. Her archive documents various activities and the collective engagement of people involved in Radio Zid during the occupation of Sarajevo; indefatigably they translated books, published poetry, and staged exhibitions and concerts. Our intervention again provides context with Newsreel Fragments, contributed for this exhibition by Andrej Šprah, Nace Zavrl, , Andreja Hribernik, and Nika Autor.
Museum for Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2019
With kind support: Les Films du Jeudi.
In collaboration with Meta Krese, Andrej Šprah, Nace Zavrl, Andreja Hribernik
Newsreel Shreds in PDF available here.
(Text by: Andrej Šprah, Andrej Hribernik, Nace Zavrl, Nika Autor)