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Borjana Ventzislavova

Opening: Fr, 12 April 2019, 7pm

In Borjana Ventzislavova’s film, And the Sky Clears Up (MAGIC RESISTANCE), five female protagonists perform magic spells in Vienna, mostly in sites renowned for events from the Nazi period. By documenting these different processes (and perhaps thus magnifying them), the film altogether acts as a plea for conjuring resistance to the current right-wing populism in the Western Hemisphere. The depicted individual ceremonies, none of which arise from dogmatism nor official religions, demonstrate the protagonists’ appeal to healing, empowerment and solidarity as symbolic and even actual political action.

With: Songül Boyraz, Renée Gadsden, Esra Emine Demir, Maruša Sagadin, Claudia Slanar

Camera: Hannes Böck
Sound: Kai Maier-Rothe
Text: Ovid Pop
Voice over: Susanne Schuda
Produced in the frame of:
Exiled Gaze | Der exilierte Blick

Borjana Ventzislavova (*1976, Sofia) lives and works in Vienna. www.borjana.net

Exhibition view Salzburger Kunstverein 2019

Exhibition view Salzburger Kunstverein 2019
Photo: Andrew Phelps, © Salzburger Kunstverein

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