Although the women who appear in Anna Konik's moving and provocative video "In the Same City, Under the Same Sky..." reside in the same physical space as the women whose stories they recount, they inhabit profoundly different social spaces. Borders – constructed and reinforced by nationality, race, and language – create barriers to belonging, meaning and empathy and call into being the Other – the refugee, the migrant, the illegal, the unwanted. In Konik's monumental work, thirty-five women in Stockholm, Nantes, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Bialystok recount the life stories of thirty-five women from Afphanistan, Burma, Cameroon, Kurdistan, Nigeria, Palestine, Romania, Somalia, Syria, and Turkey who have fled war, discrimination, or poverty to forge a new life. The voices and images in the videos confront us with critical questions: "Who counts as human? Whose lives count as lives? What makes a grievable life?" (Judith Butler, Precarious Life, 2004).
Excerpt from a text by Judy Fudge in: In the Same City, Under the Same Sky..., Anna Konik (ed.), CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw 2015, 9f.
In the same city, under the same sky: so the title of a video installation by artist Anna Konik, devoted to the situation of female migrants in various European countries. Her work has already been exhibited in a number of museums for contemporary art, and also in the Swedish parliament. It will be Anna Konik's contribution to the second phase of the Intercontinental Academia on Human Dignity, organised by ZiF in cooperation with the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS/Jerusalem). The first phase took place in Jerusalem in March bringing together 19 postdoctoral scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines under the academic guidance of Ulrike Davy (Bielefeld) and Michal Linial (Jerusalem).
The exhibition is funded by the Company Beverungen Communication Systems and the Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld