The aim of the performance was to create an intimate environment that would encourage dialogue with the local people of Mostar. We took several steps to create this environment, the first one being to place a table and chairs on Tito’s Bridge in order to invite people to sit down with us. Actually sitting at a table, we felt, encouraged a deeper conversation that would normally be had with someone just passing by. On the table we placed a homemade cookie cake that we had baked earlier that morning to attract people’s attention and to offer them a gift. We also placed a flower on the table to make it more inviting, and create a more intimate environment.
Lastly, we used Bosnian phrases like ‘Izvoli ovu haranu’ to initiate conversation and invite people to sit down and eat with us. We chose Tito’s bridge as the location for our ‘performance’ as we found it to be well populated, with many people travelling from the Gymnasium back across the river, particularly at lunch time. We also felt that the river was an ideal position to engage in intimate dialogue as it was a neutral area and a symbol of identity in Mostar. On reflection, we found our experiment to be quite successful. We were able to engage in long conversations with a variety of age groups and genders, and perhaps offer them a connection with someone that they may not have otherwise had that day. Overall, we enjoyed giving this gift of food and conversation, and perhaps benefitted more from these connections with people than the locals did themselves.
Drawing techniques : Photography, film footage, digital collage, CAD line drawing.
Group members : Carine Chin (filming, photography), Jonathan Boyd (performer, drawing), Chanel Currow (performer, writing), Marta Gil (coordinator), Leire Mesa (performer), Melanie Ohar (coordinator)