A QUEEN OF MONTENEGRO
audio-visual installation / performance / drawings / video / objects (2018)
A Queen of Montenegro
is an art project in which Bojana S. Knežević – as the only daughter of a Montenegrin father, explores her origin and heritage, from the specific position of invisibility - which is caused by her gender identity. The starting point is a huge family tree made up just of male members, which now becomes a new platform for intervention.
By subverting the established representation of Montenegrin female identity, the artist uses her position of invisibility to be anything...
This project is realized through a series of artworks in various media and constant performative and repetitive reconstruction of the family tree.
List of the artworks released within the project:
(color photograph); I am not, therefore I don’t think
(video, experimental musical performance on traditional male instrument Gusle); Conversations
(4-channel audio installation); Where I was not born
(performance, intervention / reconstruction of the family tree, drawings).
This project deals with the artist’s intimate position, pointing to the wider problem of Montenegrin male-centric tradition and culture, which excludes and discriminates female members on many levels. Family stories/dialogues, recorded and presented in the 4-channel audio (Conversations) are the basis of this project and the main source of information about invisible and almost forgotten female family members. In the next steps artist is making a series of interventions as a creative resistance to the imposed traditional patterns for reading and treating female identity in Montenegro.
April 2018 / A Queen of Montenegro, Gallery SULUV, Novi Sad, Serbia
(upcoming) June 2018 / A Queen of Montenegro, SULUJ Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
Montenegro is a small country in the Southeastern Europe, that used to be part of former Yugoslavia, and later part of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. In the year of 2006, Montenegro declared independence and became new independent Balkan state. In the strongly patriarchal Montenegrin society men are favored and women are discriminated on many levels - from being excluded from family trees to the new trend of sex-selective abortion that reduces number of newly born girls.