Nika Autor: In the land of bears
Film, 72 min, 2012
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 at 7 p.m.
In 2010 and 2011, the huge Slovenian construction sector, which employed more than 70,000 foreign workers, collapsed, leaving behind it debts, halted construction activities and exploited and unpaid workers. Most employed workers came from the territory of former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina. While the government silently watched the exploited, underpaid, unpaid and humiliated workers, the accumulation of wealth on one side led to the accumulation of indignation and resistance on the side of the exploited and those struggling against exploitation. Because the competent state bodies, the mass media and the broader public had failed, the self-organisation of workers was inevitable. They demanded better living conditions, the payment of unpaid salaries and social security contributions, equal opportunities, etc. Armin, Aigul and Esad take us through particular stories and specific areas of work (activism and the construction industry), making them general and universal.
Nika Autor works in the field of contemporary art. She finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. The focus of her work is a research of the invisibilities/ inaudibilities, along that the question of the production of dominant representations, which are emerging on today's social, political and economical grounds. She is part if the collective Newsreel Front ( Obzorniška Fronta / OF ).
Artist's web page: www.autor.si
Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana
Selected by Nil Baskar and Jurij Meden (in collaboration with Slovenska kinoteka)
19–20 February and 1–14 March 2016; exact dates to be published in the Kinotečnik program and at www.mg-lj.si.
Ljubljana the Beloved, Matjaž Klopčič, 2005; Letter to a Child, Vlado Škafar, 2009; Let's Go Our Own Way, Miha Hočevar, 2010; In the Land of Bears, Nika Autor, 2012; Class Enemy, Rok Biček, 2013; Karpotrotter, Matjaž Ivanišin, 2013; Boles, Špela Čadež, 2013; Lunch on the Grass, Viktor & Daria Radić, 2013; Wagon Wheel, Davorin Marc, 2013