“You betrayed the Party just when you should have helped it.”*

spatial intervention and video installation, 2019-2021

*(Statement of the woman commandant of the Goli Otok Camp, Marija Zelić)


Author Andreja Kulunčić, visual artist in collaboration with Renata Jambrešić Kirin anthropologist and Dubravka Stijačić psychotherapist


The exhibition includes visual material shot on the islands of Goli and Sveti Grgur – video projections in large format of the performances by dancer Zrinka Užbinec, instrumentalist Jasna Jovičević and vocalist Annette Giesriegl, according to a concept already worked out by the author of the exhibition, Andreja Kulunčić, drawing on the available testimonies of the women prisoners. 

The exhibition also incorporates the researches of anthropologist Renata Jambrešić Kirin and psychotherapist Dubravka Stijačić from existing scholarly texts, archival records, testimonies and research in the field. Part of the exhibition consists of documentary material of the spatial intervention at the sites and the author’s drawings and objects that thematise an affective map of all the things the convicts endured. 

In the interference of documentary and artistic material, through the medium of artistic installation, the exhibition links symbolic and real experiences of the perception of female trauma. Combining the researches into a syncretistic medium it includes and heightens the sensory dimension in the processes of cognition, instructing us about the inconstancy, particularity and canonical nature of knowledge and builds a sensory historical narrative.


Irena Bekić „You Betrayed the Party Just When You Should Have Helped It – the deconstruction of an amnesia“ (published in December 2020 as the part of project publication), PDF