A woman makes her way through an empty city. At every crossing she stops. Should she wait or should she run? Should she wait for others or take the risk on her own?
The city is Sarajevo, and the route the woman takes became known as Sniper Alley during the siege of the city endured by its citizens for 1395 days between 1992 and 1996. The woman, played by Spanish actress Maribel Verdu, is reliving the experience of the trauma of the siege. It is her individual journey in the collective memory of the city.
1395 Days without Red was conceived, developed and filmed as a collaborative film project by Šejla Kameric and Anri Sala. The project has given life to two different films, which were both be shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery during MIF11.
Running alongside the world premiere of 1395 Days without Red in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers Projections: Works from The Artangel Collection featured groundbreaking film and video installations from two decades of Artangel commissions. Projections included High Wire, Catherine Yass’s multiscreen installation of a vertiginous walk in the sky; The Nightwatch by Francis Alÿs, which tracks the nocturnal wanderings of a fox through a gallery at night, and Atom Egoyan’s Steenbeckett, based on the moving monologue from Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape.
Outside the gallery, Tony Oursler’s The Influence Machine, a spectral son-et-lumière with videos was projected onto trees and smoke, and haunted Whitworth Park after dark.
Screening times for 1395 Days without Red
Films were shown at:
Monday – Saturday
Anri Sala – 10:00, 12.30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
Šejla Kameric – 11:00, 13:30, 16:00, 18:30, 21:00
Anri Sala – 12:00, 14:30
Šejla Kameric – 13:00, 15:30
Projections nightly in Whitworth Park
Sat 2 – Sat 16 July apart from Sundays
22:30 – 23:30
1395 Days without Red commissioned by Artangel with Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Fundació Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), enabled by Han Nefkens, H+F patronage, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Arts Council England, European Cultural Foundation, Film Fund Sarajevo, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), Hauser & Wirth (London & Zurich). Co-produced by Artangel and SCCA/pro.ba.
Projections produced by Artangel, Whitworth Art Gallery & Manchester International Festival.
The Artangel Collection is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.