Wohnort ...................... Belgrad
Bereich ........................ Theorie, Research
Empfehlende Institution freiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL
Zeitraum ....................... Jun 16
I apply for this residence in order to develop my new project, based on lives of exYugoslav women of different generations, who live and work in Vienna. I am sure that the residency program would provide me with time and resources for completing the project.
As playwright and dramaturg, who works a lot on co-relation between storytelling and music, I took interest in how music is connected with cultural identity of diaspora communities. Having partial diasporic experience (I used to live between Belgrade and Berlin for five years), I had the chance to experience the importance of music in shaping everyday life, identities, ways of socializing, nostalgia and affects. Now I want to translate those experiences into the art piece that would be combination of research, writing and video and sound recording.
I would conduct the interviews with women of different generations, who live in Vienna, constructing the conversation around seemingly banal question: what is your favourite song you prefer to sing while chopping onions, that is, what is the music that fills up your domestic sphere in everyday life. Starting from that, the interviewis would cover the topics of: arrival to the country, professional and language challenges, family life, national and other identity... In the next phase, I would use the interviews as the basis for writing a new poem, with lyrics made for the melody of the song the interwieved women named as their most significant. The last phase of the production would include interviewed women themselves performing a newly written song, in front of the camera. Final outcome would be video installation.
The project aims to cover multiplicity of women’s lives, pinpointing the multitude of emotions and lived experiences of Vienna based gastarbeiter women. It will touch upon matters of identity, emotionality and their conectedness with everyday life practices. As their voice is rarely heard, I intend to offer writing and dramaturgical skills to bridge the gap between high culture and arts and everyday lives of gastarbeiter women.