Interview: Jelena Bosanac

Interview Jelena BosanacImage courtesy of Jelena Bosanac

Interview: Jelena Bosanac

Luca Curci talks with Jelena Bosanac during SURFACES FESTIVAL  – BODIES in Venice.

Jelena Bosanac is a Serbian actress based in Berlin. She graduated acting at Academy of Arts in Belgrade in 2011. After that, she joined a theatre group in Italy, where she was exploring Italian Comedia dell’arte. In 2012 she’d got a part in a German-Serbian theatre project and after visiting Berlin decided to do her Master studies in Germany. She studied MA Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg, where she participated in various performance projects. In 2015 she moves to Berlin and starts with a MA Drama pedagogy at the University of Arts (UdK), where she graduated in 2018 as Master of Arts. Jelena is changing her roles depending on a projects/groups she’s working on/with – as an actress, performer, director or a choreographer. She discovered a new form interesting for her workvideo art – exploring it with her latest projectMolding a dream”.    

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Jelena Bosanac – I’m graduated actress and MA drama/theatre pedagogy, working in the field of performing arts. Over the years I went from traditional acting to more performative approach and in the last two years I am exploring the field of video art with my work. At the drama Academy I loved to express myself through movement, more than words. My colleagues and I did a play “To be or not to be… a woman”, where we explored and presented five Shakespeare plays through movement. That was the crucial experience, which showed me in which way I want to develop myself as an artist. Coming to Germany and studying Performance Studies and Drama pedagogy was a great step that opened a new kind of knowledge and skills of (new) reading/understanding art works.      

 

LC – How do you find creative inspiration?

JB  For me, it was never hard to find the inspiration, because there are a lot of things that move my creativity- nature, landscape, music, written word, living beings … Basically, almost everything that surrounds me can be a motor for inspiration. The harder part is to transform that creativity into some work, because often I cannot decide which form should it have, how do I want to express that inspiration. But also, that’s something nice, because I don’t know what will be the end product at the beginning of creating- live performance, video art, classical play, or just a new feeling, that will remind me of that specific time, when I felt inspired by a specific thing.

 

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

JB – Making a decision and doing it until the end. There are a few works I’ve started several years ago and still waiting to be finished. For example, “Molding a dream” was shot in 2016. I needed two years to figure out what do I want to do with that material, to give him a form and a theme behind it. Actually, after finding a quote of Carl Jung, I got a direction in which I want to go with my work and so it went that way.  

LC – Did your style change over the years? How?

JB –  I cannot say much about that, because I am still new in this field of video art, having only two video works behind me. The first one was inspired by a poem by an Australian/Bosnian poet Lara Jakica, it has more static and storytelling approach. The other one is inspired by a landscape, but also music by Janja Loncar gave a frame and a rhythm to the video. And as I mentioned it, quote by Carl Jung was a further direction for molding this video.     

LC – What are you currently working on? 

JB – I’m working on a piece that has to do with car registration numbers.  It has status “current” for almost 3 years now. I’m also working on a new film by Serbian director Tanja Brzakovic, as a producer and actress.

 

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?

JB –  Depends in which sense. And depends what do you want from your art and what to do with your art. It is also hard to answer this question before we define a term of “artist” nowadays.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

JB – Various artist from different disciplines united in one place. It is a great chance to walk through a different spaces not changing the place. It’s like travel through different (art) culture. And it was beautiful to see how one theme, in this case “Bodies” connects this diversity.      

LC – Do you think ITS LIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?

JB – Definitely. Above all for young and emerging, not “main stream” artists, who need to be recognized and supported at the beginning of their path as an artist. It is a nice feeling to know you’ve been chosen, because someone recognized your potential and wants to spread a work about your work. And more important, because this festival is there for the artists, and not the other way around. “ITSLIQUID is based on fluidity, motion, connection and accessibility.” What could one more ask for?

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