Anri Sala & Šejla Kameric 1395, Days without Red screening, in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers, 2 July – 16 July 2011, The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road Manchester M15 6ER, England, +44 161 275 7450, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A film collaboration between Albanian artist Anri Sala and Šejla Kamerić, an artist and film-maker born in Sarajevo in 1976. Kamerić lived through the siege in her late teens, while Sala (born in 1974) grew up under Albanian communism, once making a film about his mother’s enthusiastic support for the Enver Hoxha regime.
The two artists recreate daily life in Sarajevo between 5 April 1992 and 29 February 1996. Their work shuttles between the streets, with their constant threat of death or maiming, and a rehearsal, by the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the Pathétique, conducted by American composer Ari Benjamin Meyers. The musicians play in their overcoats, as they did during the siege, in a Tito-era building used by the populace at the time as a sort of indoor street.
1395 Days Without Red
Saturday 2 – 16 July
(except Sundays) After dark at 10.30 – 11.30pm