The News is Ours!
The exhibition The News is Ours! presented videos, films notes, photos and archival material in order to explore the history and the economic dynamics of former Yugoslavia. Film Newsreel 55 is presenting the paradigmatic example of the decline of the industrial center, the Yugoslav Manchester as they once named Maribor. The examined content opens questions related to the social and political shifts that determined the economic, political and social dynamics of the city. Maribor as a city of occupation, a city of industrialization and deindustrialization, a city marked by the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the war and the economic crisis.
Furthermore the exhibition was foregrounding the historical aspect of the experimental newsreel form presented by a selection of different Yugoslav films. Documentary essayistic film practices in former Yugoslavia were a rare, but most precious form of political cinema. In the 1960s, engaged cineastes used them to probe various neuralgic areas and to try to capture on film what mostly remained invisible. The Record (Zapisnik, 1964) by Aleksandar Petrović, A Tear on Your Face (Suza na licu, 1965) by Stjepan Zaninović and June Turmoil (Lipanjska gibanja,1969) by Želimir Žilnik, were shown besides the newsreel films done by Newsreel front today. Newsreel 55 by Nika Autor, Karl Marx among us by Jurij Meden, Solidarity by Nika Autor and In the Land of Bears by Nika Autor.
In collaboration with Andrej Šprah, Ciril Oberstar, Jurij Meden
Book availible here: Film d'actualité - l'actu est à nous, Autor, Nika, Jeu De Paume
Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, 2014 (curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez )
Museum for contemporary art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015 (curated by Bojana Piškur)
Photo of the installation by Dejan Habicht and JDP.