[ 07:00-24:00  Everyday ]

08.03. – 05.04

In collaboration with Tromsø Kunstforening, throughout spring 2024 we screened a selection of films from the Artists’ Film International network in our kiosk-kino in Havneterminal, Tromsø, around the theme Diaspora.

People stand around in a black rehearsal room, with a camera track circling 5 chairs

Prolazi izmedju 1980-2021 (Passages between 1980-2021)

Damir Avdagić, 2021

33 mins, (Selected by Tromsø Kunstforening)

In Prolazi izmedju 1980-2021 (Passages between 1980-2021) Avdagic works with five adult Bosnian/Norwegians who came to Norway as child refugees in the early 90s during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Together, the group performs testimonies, gathered from members of their parents’ and grandparents’ generation. The testimonies trace the development of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the period between 1980-1995.
In between the readings, the participants interrupt their roles, they switch between languages and engage in conversations where they discuss their experiences surrounding national, social, and political affiliation.

A woman in a black rehearsal room looks off screen.

Damir Avdagić was born in 1987 in Banja Luka, BiH. His practice explores themes of historical memory and identity through text, performance and video. The conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia (1991- 1995) makes up a central part of Avdagić’s family history and he uses this event as an entry point to address themes such as shifting political systems, migration and the relationship between generations.

Avdagić’s work has been shown at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, Changwon Sculpture Bienniale, Changwon, South Korea, Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark & Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway amongst many others.

Artists’ Film International: Diaspora

Artists’ Film International is a partnership of 18 international art centres that celebrates moving-image. Every year, each organisation selects a film from an artist connected to their region, based on a collectively agreed theme.

Branching out from the theme of DIASPORA, the films selected explore the act of dispersal, in relation to people, geographies, information and networks. 

Our third programme continues looking at cultural belonging, migration and alienation, focusing on the work of Norway-based artist Damir Avdagić. This film was chosen by Tromsø Kunstforening as their contribution to AFI:Diaspora. Further films will be screened at Kinobox throughout the spring.

Artists’ Film International (AFI) is a partnership of 18 international organisations that celebrates moving image: Bag Factory, Johannesburg; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA; Belgrade Culture Centre, Belgrade; Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA); Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires; GAMeC, Bergamo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; MMAG Foundation, Amman; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; NBK, Berlin; Para Site, Hong Kong; Project 88, Mumbai; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø; Whitechapel Gallery, London

We are grateful for funding from Tromsø Kommune and Norsk Kulturrådet to build the kiosk-kino and support from Tromsø Havn/Havneterminalen in housing it. This project would not have been possible without the help and support of Tromsø Kunstforening and Polar Film Lab. The AFI programme is funded through Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø Kommune, Troms og Finnmark Fylke and Kultur og Likestillings Departementet.