Kupujmo svoje! [Let us buy ours!]
Concerned with issues of survival economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war, this project presents examples of the current economic chain of products, vendors, markets. It t is visualizing consequences of the past war as well as the country’s current socio-political conditions. The end of the communist era opened up a new unexplored market for the Western World’s products. I am questioning the neo-colonial role of the International Community within the process of the formation of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. The monetary donations from the Western World and Islamic countries for the rebuilding and reconstruction of the country seem to be more breaking Bosnia’s own production than to stimulate it. Moreover, this capital can be seen as a mechanism of political and economical control, which is mainly used to provide infrastructure for importing more products. Finally, the project involves design of shopping bags supporting the champagne Let us buy ours! Let us buy Bosnian products! that was started by several Bosnian firms in order to help country’s own economical potential. The installation shows a Chinese and a Burberry checkered shopping bag and a video projected on monitors put in the bags, showing a wide offer of black market original and “pirated” music in Sarajevo.
Azra Akšamija, Kupujmo svoje! [Let us buy ours!], 2003
mixed media (2 video sculptures, 2 videos a 3 min.)
Place: Berlin, Germany. Produced for the group show at the Art Fair Berlin, presented by the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany / Curated by IIlina Koralova, Barbara Steiner. Collaborators: David Rhöse, Michael Stoiser