TO UN-BECOME, 2017

To Un-Become is a multimedia project based on my journey from my family's first refugee house in Serbia to our former home in Croatia. I followed the same route hundreds of thousands of other people took over two decades ago during Operation Storm.
 
Homes in ruins and their collapsing walls can still be found in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. These images both evoked a stream of suppressed memories and emotions and inspired elaborate visions that would otherwise have remained unprovoked. This journey merged the evidence of war with my own memories, both actual and constructed, creating a visual noise that became my truth during the walk. 

I decided to walk not to test my own stamina, but rather to surrender the experience to the will of nature. I tasked myself not to merely move between two points, but to temporarily adopt a way of being in which both facts and imagination merged. To Un-Become lurches between historic reminder and hallucination, between geographical document and unreliable childhood memory, between collective tragedy and personal healing.

TO UN-BECOME, the book

Saša Rajšić and Vitalis Neufeld

Softcover
8 x 10" (203,2 x 254 mm)

108 pp

42 b&w photos

 

Self-published

Printed in Canada

ISBN: 978-1-7752673-0-0

 

Edition of 100

Cambridge ON

Spring 2018

 

TO UN-BECOME, video intro

Childhood 
Flour
Health Card
Serbian
Moving
Underground

Dining Table
Serbo-Croatian
Plums 

 

Duration per video 16 s
Total duration 2 m 24 s

 

Vitalis Neufeld, photography and video
Bojan Stankovi
ć, music

AWARDS AND

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1/5

OSA 145th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

Currys Award

Ontario Society of Artists and John B. Aird Gallery

Jurors: Richard Rhodes, William Huffman, and Janet Hendershot

VAM40
Honourable Mention 
Visual Arts Mississauga and Art Gallery of Mississauga


"This photograph masterfully deploys light and shadow to suggest the trauma that results in the aftermath of armed conflict. Its careful composition brings attention to a building's façade, darkened in shadow but with several suggestive, open, light-filled windows, and a figure that surveys a landscape of debris. After the war, this is an image that suggests both the futility of attempting to rebuild one's life and the ever-present possibility that life must persist."

Jurors: John Armstrong, Jayne Wilkinson, and Faisal Anwar

EVENTS

MARCH 16, 2019
Serbian Book Fair Toronto

Hivers, Toronto ON

FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Oxford Transitional Justice Research, Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law
Oxford University, Oxford UK

OCTBER 19-NOVEMBER 16, 2018
17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge ON

OCTOBER 17-DECEMBER 9, 2018

Scan Photobooks 2018, Al Tingaldo 2, Port of Tarragona
SCAN, Tarragona ES


JULY 24-27, 2018
IASFM17: 17th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration
Department of Balkan, Slavic, and Oriental Studies
Laboratory for Study of Culture, Gender, and Borders
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki GR

JUNE 22-JULY 31, 2018
Reality Exchange Group Exhibition

Fifty Dots Gallery, Barcelona ES

JUNE 7-10, 2018
Law at the Crossroads: Annual Meeting on Law and Society
Sheraton Centre, Toronto ON

 

MAY 8-12, 2018

Recall, Reflect, Return: International Performance Symposium 
Khalil Skakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah PL


APRIL 10-MAY 4, 2018
Ontario Society of Artists 145th Annual Juried Exhibition
John B, Aird Gallery, Toronto ON


MARCH 25, 2018
You Are Here: Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment
Creighton University, Omaha NE


JANUARY 11-FEBRUARY 10, 2018
VAM40: Visual Arts Mississauga Fine Arts Juried Show
Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga ON


OCTOBER 10, 2017
Raw and Regional: Artists Speakers Series
Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, Cambridge ON


MAY 4-5, 2017
To Un-Become: Multimedia Installation
Auditorium 1, Theatre Academy
University of the Arts Helsinki, Helsinki FI

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