Iva Kontic

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Blue Train
2009
2-channel video
4:3, color - sound
7’ 6” (loop)

Blue Train takes its name from the luxurious train of the former president of the former Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, which was popularly called 'Blue Train' because of its color, considered also the country's national color. Constructed immediately after the WWII, Blue Train made more than thirty years of constant touring around former Yugoslavia, almost covering the entire Tito's presidency and becoming a symbol of an era. In Blue train, Tito visited and made public speeches in almost every city in promotion of proper political ideas, until his very death. By putting in confront the realism of a night landscape and the 'fictional' (artificial) image of an imaginary landscape, Blue Train wishes to create a space made of dichotomies and overlapping – between the real and the ideal, between the intimate experience and the collective imaginary, "here and there" of the reality and its continuous slippage in the past condition.