Iva Kontic

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Somewhere close to the rainbow is based on the interview sessions with a young couple who had recently immigrated to a small town in the South of England. She comes from Serbia and he is from Hungary. After living in Belgrade and different parts of Mexico for some years, they moved to England for work and new life.

Made out of sequential extracts from three conversations, the video shows the couple sitting on their livingroom sofa while talking about their perceptions, expectations and personal problems in relation to the place they live at the moment. The range of their topics develops in different directions through the dialog: from their motivation to move in the current place and their relationship to the local people, to discussing the problematic of being immigrants, as well as their idea of home and search of an ideal place to live. Any visual reference to the surrounding context is excluded, focusing the viewer exclusively to the protagonists, their narration and shifting dynamics of their psychological reaction to their stories and their shared experience. As the video progresses the 'mood' of the protagonists changes. Forgetting the presence of the camera, their ideas gradually transform from initially positive and "safe" series of statements to more introspective and critically coloured discussions, at times even provocative and 'politically incorrect'.

Somewhere close to the rainbow explores the problematic of individual perception and cultural integration inside the Western society through an immigrant prospective - focusing in particular on the geo-historical context of England on one hand, and Eastern Europe on the other - in light of the recent shifts on the political and social scene after the 1989.

A white two-seat sofa is places in front of the video as the place for viewing. The "mirroring" of the sofa from the video and the real one simbolically invitates the audience to relate to the protagonists and their narrations through their own personal experience and ideas.

In this sense, Somewhere close to the rainbow deals with our struggle and possibility to formulate and communicate individual experience related to a certain reality: in this case the one of the immigrant. Whether it can potentially overcome a set of preconcepted ideas, or it always stumbles upon clichés and prejudice once it is shared and decontextualized from the realm of direct personal experience.

Somewhere close to the rainbow

2010

view of the installation
Goldsmiths Colleger, London, 2010

video projected on wall (DVPAL 16:9, colour-sound,
language English, 45 min);
white two-seat sofa;
painting (poster and acrylic on canvas, 180x 120 cm)



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