Listening, How Did You Get Here

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Listening, Dženana, 09 Dec 2016, St. Louis,  detail

Listening, Dženana, 09 Dec 2016, St. Louis, detail

A selection of works from the project will be shown as part of the exhibition AS IT RISES INTO THE AIR: LISTENING IN PRACTICE, curated by Juana Awad and Zeenat Nagree

The lacuna that is part of the listening process is given prominence in Velibor Božović’s text prints titled Listening, How Did You Get Here. They are transcripts of interviews with members of the Bosnian diaspora displaced by the war of 1990’s. But, in the exhibited pieces, the transcripts although complete are fragmented and contain deliberate omissions. They condense long conversations into a brief text. They do so through an elimination of many syntactic elements, causing a breakdown of language such that the stories are never fully given away, and neither do they become so particular as to turn in the stories of an “other”. Their instability as coherent texts allows the reader to move in and out of points of familiarity and strangeness. In Božović’s act of listening, and translation and transcription, there is a desire to share stories, but also to underscore the complicated process of sharing and retelling. In fact, I would say that in pursuing a practice of listening, an artist just might end up making a work about listening itself.”

- text by Zeenat Nagree from AS IT RISES INTO THE AIR: LISTENING IN PRACTICE curatorial note

From August 22 to October 05, 2019, Goethe Insitut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India

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Listening, Senada, 20 Nov 2016, Miami Beach, detail

Listening, Aida, 11 Dec 2016, St. Louis, detail

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Listening, Eva, 23 Oct 2017, Montreal

Installation view, detail, FOFA gallery, Montreal, photo by Guy LHeureux

Listening, Senada, 20 Nov 2016, Miami Beach

Listening, Emir, 09 Oct 2016, Chicago, detail

Listening, Emir, 09 Oct 2016, Chicago, detail

Installation view detail, photo by Anil Rane / Courtesy: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Installation view detail, photo by Anil Rane / Courtesy: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Listening, Eva, 23 Oct 2017, Montreal, detail