Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Mantra
"Mantra" / 2006
Plot of the video “Mantra”, which is 5’12’’ long, takes place on a rarely used road on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
I walk down this empty and lonely but freshly paved stretch of the road carrying a state flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During my journey, other flags, which historically represented Bosnia and Herzegovina, any of its constitutive nations or from decisive historical periods of ruling ideologies, are handed to me in regular intervals. There are 23 of these over the course of our history. Each new flag represents a new identity.
As the weight of this load gradually grows I find it increasingly more difficult to cope with it. Towards the end, flags start falling out of my arms, I collect them, they fall again and so on.
This piece is intended to elaborate on the burden of our past imposed on us by every political option that reaches governmental power. The last bloody war in this region was caused by that past and this fate will, in any way, most likely follow us into the future.
From that reason this story contains neither an emphasised beginning nor an expected ending.
The beginning and the end of the piece is only marked by a zoom-in and a zoom-out.
The video is, throughout its whole duration, accompanied by sound of the new national anthem that has existed for the past five to six years without lyrics because our nations have been unable to agree over its contents.