Location One

Nebojsa Seric Shoba in Conversation with Drazen Pantic and Jovana Stokić

Shoba

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 @ 7pm
FREE and open to the public

Location One is happy to present a conversation with Bosnian artist Nebojša Šeric Shoba, Location One's co-director Drazen Pantic, and curator of the Abramović Studio, Jovana Stokić.

This evening will discuss the work of artist Nebojsa Seric Shoba. His work deals with manifold ways of reframing history. The artist confronts us with the many memories and points of view that such a history evokes.

About the Artist
Conscripted to fight in defense of his hometown of Sarajevo during the Bosnian civil war, (1992 – 1995), Nebojša Šerić-Shoba served the majority of his military mandate digging trenches amidst the bodies that littered the battlefield. It is from these wartime experiences that the artist developed a profound sense of distrust for a political machine that saw neighbors taking aim at neighbors, firing across seemingly arbitrary lines of demarcation. Eventually this experience led him to the sober realization that the “history of the human race… can be seen as a history of conflicts,” the majority of which “are destined to be forgotten, buried beneath the surface of history.”The artist’s subsequent travels found him photographing numerous battlefields, including those at Waterloo, Gallipoli, Troy, Verdun, Normandy, Istanbul, Gettysburg and Kursk. As competing social, cultural, and linguistic incarnations make it nearly impossible to lay claim to any fixed idea of national history or identity, the relationship between history and place has become a struggle for the possession of the past.

Drazen Pantic and Jovana Stokić will present some of the artist's works, screen his videos, and speak with him about his practice.

ABOUT LOCATION ONE

Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.

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