Exhibition of Contemporary Art "Some Call Us Balkans"
Artwork: Good night, honest Iago! Video installation
Artist: Lea Blau
The video-installation is a poignant exploration of the experiences of displacement, longing, and the search for identity. At its heart is a collection of striking plaster lions, traditionally used to symbolize wealth and prosperity in Balkan homes. However, their presence here is melancholic, serving as a reminder of the emptiness and longing felt by those who have left their homes behind. The cheap material of the lions only further emphasizes the futility of such desires. In the accompanying video work, the artist wears a carnival mask of a lion while navigating the streets of a foreign land, highlighting their own sense of otherness and the struggle to find a place within an adopted but never fully embraced environment.