Igor Bošnjak

Born in 1981, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Today, video art is accessible to everyone, kids and old people alike, and pretty good results can be obtained with very little expertise, with a medium-quality photo camera and any commonly used software like Adobe Premiere.”
Igor finds this truly exciting, because viewed from a Marxist, utopian perspective, all people are potentially artists. His approach to how he creates his art, including video works and photography is utterly conceptual. He carefully selects the best medium for an initial idea that he wishes to materialise, or better still visualise. After selecting the medium, he contextualises the idea, collects theoretical background, research texts, Internet sources, and only then does he move on to the production process.
Neither the production nor the quality of the material are the most important, they only come second. Again, the final product, any work in its complete form, will depend on the kind of effect it is meant to have on the audience: subversive, challenging, psychological, etc.
“Nowadays it is difficult to think about grand productions in the regional setting or the setting of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so one has to keep within the limits of what is possible and available.” Igor believes, that when it comes to concepts and production, it is not at all important if a piece of work is created as a high-budget production in an elitist Western European artist-in-residence programme (with expensive equipments), or in the wilderness of the poor ‘art system’ of the Balkans. The only relevant thing is that the work be based on a good concept, i.e. it serves a purpose in a kind of way. He thinks it is important for any piece of work to upset, excite or put a smile on the faces of its audience, affect them in any kind of way, provoke any sort of critical thinking.

12 Windows is an experimental composite still shot video which plays with the relationship between the foreground and the background. The main idea of video was how to generate narrative in the background by using only very short blip frames in the foreground. Relations between the foreground (the passers-by) and the background (the building) have been entirely created by using composite still images and composite video images projected onto the facade of the building.

Bosnjak_12 windows
Bosnjak_12 windows

This entry was published on August 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm and is filed under Artist, Video, Visual Arts. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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