Colossal Balkan Fiction
About the project
10 portraits of women
Slepica, Medi and other characters could be over a hundred years old. They were deeply asleep for a long time, but are awake now. They were summoned from the past and from afar. They stare at us with their piercing eyes, as if they were half alive and half dead. Their stories are an echo of howling remorse that the heroines awaited for years, decades, even centuries in invincible despair of forced muteness. Their tempo is different, time flows at a strange pace: decades for the birth of a son, a few days for a fatal shot, one day for the victory in the greatest war, a moment only for a wedding, a dance, or a funeral. The milk of ancient melodies and epics drips from the narrative like the greatest miracle, like a healing topping for women whose tied breasts and mouths are drained from fatigue.
We share habitats and habituses with the heroines of DERT in extended time through the experience of touching and overlapping on some edges, and thus creating a secret commitment to belonging – the same coordinates, sometimes the same codes. We belong to what we understand, both present and absent. They are our rearview mirror – everything seems to be close here and far behind simultaneously. Real and unreal at the same time.
DERT is a canvas on which the contents of the consciousness of our society, its fears, beliefs, doubts, states, questions, problems, pleasures, the history and the present, behaviors and nonsense, desires are projected.
DERT is also reminiscent of a deadacholicsocial narrow-mindedness that condemns every step and every action; it sang the last praises to the heroines with a vocabulary adorned with wonderful notions such as tradition, family, heroism..., and hid behind them primitivism, mythomania, misogyny, as well as perversion and lies.
It reminds us of who created and buried the heroines – sworn virgins, virdžinas – Liljana, Suni, Lindita.
author of the text: Karmina Šilec
narrated by: Minca Lorenci
language counselling: Mojca Redjko
direction: Tanja Lužar
recording: Danilo Ženko
graphic design: Jana Krumberger
production: Carmina Slovenica
publisher: Carmina Slovenica, 2021
language of recording: Slovenian