For the duration of the war 1992-95, I served in the Bosnian army that was defending the besieged city of Sarajevo. At the same time my father was in a Bosnian army prisoner of war camp. The army controlled both of our fates: my father was its prisoner and I was its soldier. In My Prisoner I explore the archival footage of our only meeting during the war. The footage is simultaneously propaganda, historical document, and record of my personal experience. It is impossible to say where one stops and the other begins.
About the work
My Prisoner is a video work that reconstructs an event that occurred on 3 April 1994 in war-torn Bosnia. It shows a young man being escorted by an army intelligence officer to visit his imprisoned father. As the men travel side-by-side in the back seat of a car Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd begins to play on the car radio. The young man acknowledges the music and tries to make conversation but the officer does not recognize the track. A composite of autobiography, documentary and fiction, My Prisoner navigates through the space where the historical, the personal and the fictional simultaneously interfere with and enhance one another.
From Ignition show announcement:
With reference to the Bosnian War of the 1990s video installation My Prisoner is a haunting exploration of memory. Combining elements of autobiography and documentary, Velibor’s profoundly philosophical project grapples with memory’s malleability, raising the questions about how we remember the past and if we can know what is real?