Nicht fallen, the exhibition by Jošt Franko at the Kresija Gallery

You are kindly invited to visit the exhibition by Jošt Franko, visual artist and photographer, at the Kresija Gallery in Ljubljana. Nich fallen, curated by the KGLU director Andreja Hribernik, will be on display until October 4 2020.

The exhibition Nicht Fallen is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project that has been collecting, chronicling and depicting the communities and landscapes scarred and marginalised by the war in the former Yugoslavia since 2017. Juxtaposed with found objects, the images of daily life raise issues that, although specific to the historical and geographic realities of the region, testify to the universality of recurrent violence and the perpetuation of conflict long after the war has ended. One of the found objects on display is a picture frame held together by tape that reads “nicht fallen”. In the frame, Hazira Đafić kept a newspaper cutting of the obituary of her brother Merfin, who was killed after stepping on a mine not far from the refugee centre ten years after the war. Hazira, who had fled with her brother to the safe area of Tuzla in 1993, remains displaced to this day and lives in the Ježevac refugee village near Banovići.

The project in the Kresija Gallery includes As If Nobody Had Ever Existed, a newsprint publication that continues the visual and textual narratives of war-scarred individuals and places, which remain invisible decades after the war. The publication features texts by Hazira Đafić, who has lived displaced in the Ježevac refugee village since 1993; Meta Krese, a journalist and photographer; Mirjana Dragosavljević, an art historian; and Andreja Hribernik, the director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška and the curator of the exhibition