Film project inspired by Siege of Sarajevo part of IMMA’s inaugural programme at NCHA striking film work inspired by the siege of Sarajevo will go on show as part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s inaugural programme in its temporary exhibition spaces at the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace on Thursday 31 May 2012. 1395 Days Without Red, by Albanian artist Anri Sala and American composer Ari Benjamin Meyers, will occupy the Annex at the NCH. The film takes as its subject the siege of Sarajevo, one of the most emblematic events of the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The siege began 20 years ago this year, in 1992, and lasted for 1,395 days making it the longest siege in modern warfare.
During the siege thousands of citizens had to cross streets threatened by snipers everyday: to go to work, to buy food, to visit a relative. The citizens wore dark colours, for fear of alerting the snipers watching from the hills to their movements. In Sala’s film an elegant young woman makes her way through an empty city. At every crossing she stops, looks and listens. Should she wait or should she run? Should she wait for others or take the risk on her own? The city is Sarajevo, and the route the woman takes became known as Sniper Alley. Played by Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, she relives the trauma experienced by the citizens over almost four years. The 43-minute film is her individual journey through the collective memory of the city.
Throughout the siege, the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra continued to play. In Sala's film, the orchestra rehearses Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique. The musicians stop and start, repeating different sections of the symphony, just as the woman stops and starts in her journey across the city. Hearing the music in her head, she finds the courage to carry on.
An exhibition guide accompanies the exhibition.
1395 Days Without Red, 2011, continues until 15 July 2012. Admission is free.
The exhibition is supported by the Conrad Hotel Dublin and Feast Catering.
Opening hours at the NCH:
Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5.30pm