“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)

 

The first exhibition of the project was held at the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria in Pula from 9th-18th of April 2021.

 

(video of the installation, filmed by Ivo Martinović)

 

(TV Nova, Pula, 12.4.2021.)

 

As part of the exhibition, a discussion “History/HERstory: discussion about the history of women in political prison of Goli otok” was held, in which anthropologist Renata Jambrešić Kirin and historian Martin Previšić participated, moderated by the curator of the exhibition Irena Bekić.

(discussion, filmed by Darko Bavoljak)

 

About the project and the exhibition:

The art research project focuses on women’s suffering in the political camp on Goli Otok and Sveti Grgur. The regime in the camps for political prisoners systematically endangered their reproductive health, sense of ethical responsibility and care for others, and excluded their gender specificities. The convicts were forced to punish, supervise and interrogate each other, which, along with hard work, resulted in deep trauma and the women’s long silence. The project seeks to renew the female memory of the traumatic past and through a spatial artistic intervention, exhibition, web site, publication and a series of workshops and talks, and through that to open a new form of dealing with the space of dehumanization.

The project segment presented at the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria includes research into the possibilities of transferring experience through the media of dance, voice and sound performed by dancer Zrinka Užbinec and musicians Jasna Jovićević and Annette Giesriegl at historical sites and gathers memories of former detainees.

The discussion opened the topic of the position of women in history and tried to answer the question why they are systematically absent from it.