Đejmi Hadrović CHIMNEY SWEEPING
Performance and presentation of the artist in the residency program
Opening: Tuesday | February 11 | 6 p.m.
Curators: Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Tijana Filipov Mezei
The hysteric Bertha Pappenheim, who was treated at Breuer and who appeared in his studies as Anna O. has developed a complete catalogue of hysterical symptoms related to her father's incurable disease. Anna O. became a Breuer patient in 1880 at the age of twenty-one. She showed two personalities, normal and infantile, falling into a trance during the transition. She once told Breuer in detail how a symptom appeared to her, and how that very symptom disappeared after simply talking about it. Together, they developed a special technique that she called "the talking cure," a talking therapy, and "chimney sweeping," cleaning the chimney.
With this performance, the artist was inspired by the above-mentioned historical moment and decided to appropriate the same method of talking cure and chimney sweeping by implementing the narrative of domestic violence treated in the Balkans. While paraphrasing the national Serbian law and definition of what domestic violence is, Đejmi will intervene with personal anecdotes in order to illustrate the emotional impact to fill the void of a rigid bureaucratic system of state apparatus.
Đejmi Hadrović (1988) born in Trbovlje, Slovenia, is a Time-Based Media artist who was nominated for OHO – young visual artist award in 2018. She was part of several international residencies and she has exhibited her artwork internationally. Đejmi was a holder of Austrian chancellery scholarship. She got awarded by Förderungspreise der Stadt Wien 2018. Currently, she is a PhD scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under the mentorship of prof. Dr. Marina Gržinić since 2017. Đejmi tries to elaborate on defining feminism, sexuality and gender in post-Yugoslav space. Her work is based on a theoretical framework that is applied to contemporary art practice such as video, photography, performance and installation.
The presentation will be realized within the scope of the international project Risk Change supported by the European Union program "Creative Europe", the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities.