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[presentation] KOLOS, DELTA AND EUROPOLIS: THE DAMNED DAM / Lala Raščić / October 19th at 7pm / Mali klub Akademija, Belgrade


Tuesday, October 19th, 7pm
Mali klub Akademija,
Rajićeva 10, Belgrade

Lala Raščić



"The year is 2027. Tarik is a young engineer. Merima is his beloved. They can save the towns people of Lukavac if they broadcast the radio drama “Catastrophe” from the year 2000. Heroes and fairies, love and dystopia, rivers and lakes, dams and factories, BH and EU, epic geography and oral tradition: between these a future romance is shaped."



Lala Raščić’s The Damned Dam is a narrative in progress. This multimedia art project consists of performative research, blog, public events, performances, video installation, documents, illustration and publication. During September, October and November project will be produced and realized in a form of series of public presentations.



Lala Raščić’s project The Damned Dam departs from a real event when the broadcasting of the radio drama Catastrophe in the Bosinan town of Lukavac caused effect similar to Orson Wells’s War of the Worlds, but instead of reporting news about aliens, Catastrophe reports about constructive damage of Modrac damn. Catastrophe caused a panic among people living in Lukavac and they were forced to seek protection on the nearby Ratiš hill.



The motif of the flood is embedded in the fictional narrative that is composed on the basis of field research on specific locations and events in the region. The collected materials are processed as objects, video installations, audio recordings, a blog and performances that form the elements of this modular project. While researching in Belgrade, the author found couple of interesting topics that could be the part of this narrative:
Europolis, Third Belgrade, Kolos, Delta, rafts, tunnel below Danube



The narrative strategies that the artist employs in her work are, in the project The Damned Dam, informed by Bosnian traditions of oral literature. Based on the study of these traditional forms, the artist delivers a fantasy love story set in the future that is intersected with socio-political connotations.




Lala Raščić was born 1977 in Sarajevo. She graduated in 2001 at the Academy of the Fine Arts, Zagreb. Postgraduate studies at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. At first she was creating video works, and then started to create a narrative audio artworks and vector based computer drawings. She has exhibited at many group exhibitions and video art festivals and attended many resident programmes. Lala Raščić has had a number of solo exhibitions (Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade, Banja Luka, Novi Sad, Amsterdam, Ljubljana, Rome, Chicago). She was awarded several times for internet and video projects.


BLOK, Zagreb,
DELVE, Zagreb,
KONTEKST, Beograd,
PROTOK, Banja Luka,
SCCA, Sarajevo,

Supported by:
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia,
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia,
Belgrade City Council,