9', 2010

The footage was taken from the National Archive of Radio and Television of Slovenia. It represents a collection of the archive’s documentation of media reports on migrants from 2001-2008. I was interested in analysing the representation of asylum seekers as they are constructed by a dominant State institution of image and meaning production. I wanted to show how images in themselves, through the way they are produced (montaged), effect the criminalization and victimization of asylum seekers. But images of shapless and nameless people not only victimize or criminalize, they produce specific lives as Other.
Postcards is the first part of the fim pair „Postcards and Report on the situation of asylum seekers in Republic of Slovenia, January 2008 – August 2009“


The film pair Report on the state of the asylum policy in the Republic of Slovenia from January 2008 to August 2009 and Postcards by Nika Autor critically deconstructs the dominant discourse of the asylum and migration policy, lucidly pointing to the principles of exclusion behind it. The films are a reflection upon discourses that legitimise the modus of the disciplining practices which regulate the social situation of asylum seekers, constructing their subjectivity and identities. Further, they point to marginalization and discrimination. From a completely different perspective, Nika Autor legitimises exactly what the dominant regime of representation has hidden and supplanted, revealing that what has been concealed from us is the practice of segregation. Her breaking down of how the social hegemony is inscribed into the regime of representation allows her to crucially transform the existing discourse of the asylum policy. This of course meaning that what is taken apart is the stereotypical representation since a stereotype is regarded as a crucial point of legitimating subjection and preclusion. And this is where the point of resistance comes into play, pointing to mechanisms of power and control and unveiling the ruptures in the dominant construction of reality. By unearthing the hegemonic paradigm, Nika Author seeks to show what failed to be represented and what remained unseen and omitted. Representation therefore is not a politically neutral event, for it legitimises distinctively its object of vision, functioning simultaneously as a social practice the narrative of which is clearly connected to the territory of power, interests and politics.
Sergej Kapus