Nika Autor in collaboration with Newsreel Front
If the Forests Could Talk, They Would Dry Up with Sadness
Curator: Bojana Piškur
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. +MSUM
Opening view on Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 7 p.m.
“Nika Autor shot three short documentaries around the razor-wire gates to create a shameful monument to the shameful times that will, at some point in the future, remind the embarrassed children of the barbarians to carefully remove the rusted razor-wire from the wounded wood and wounded flesh, to apologize profoundly, and to proceed with the reparations.”
Jurij Meden, curator at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna
Nika Autor obtained her BA and MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, and her PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her practice is primarily based on experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, photography, collages, drawings and spatial video installations. The focus of her work is research into invisibilities/inaudibilities in relation to concealed topics of the forgotten past and the silenced present. Her works examine migration policies, workers’ rights and politics of memory. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front, an informal collective of workers hailing from film theory and art practice fields.
Three new films, Newsreel 4517 – Across the Water to Freedom, Newsreel 670 – Red Forests, Newsreel 2021 – Here I Have Picture, will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, accompanied by a collection of texts and visual interventions.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a collection of texts and visual interventions If the Forests Could Talk, They Would Dry Up with Sadness contributed by Nika Autor, Pavlina Autor Oberstar, Đorđe Balmazović, Nicole Breneze, Dušan Letnar, Olga Dimitrijević, Tom Holert, Jurij Meden, Petra Meterc, Nataša Petrešin Bachelez, Bojana Piškur, Hito Steyerl, Andrej Šprah and Nace Zavrl.
The collection will be published by Slovenska Kinoteka and is supported by ZRC SAZU.
Production: +MSUM, Newsreel Front
Translation: Maja Lovrenov, Tamara Soban, Marko Bratina
Music: Dirty Three, Matevž Kolenc
Design: Matija Kovač
Newsreel 2021 – Red Forests
Newsreel Front, 16’, 16 mm, 2022
Music by Dirty Three
Newsreel 2021 – Here I Have Picture
Newsreel Front, 26’, 4K, 2022
Newsreel 4517 – Across the Water to Freedom
Newsreel Front, 38’, 4K, 2022