Prlja is an artist who has experienced displacements several times in her life. Nada was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, but later her family moved to Skopje, Macedonia, and now she lives between London, UK and Skopje. With every move she went through the same procedure of „fitting in“, a procedure of transforming herself in order to be recognised and accepted by the new environment. This personal journey through different value systems, very turbulent for an individual, has influenced this art work.
In “Remont” gallery, Belgrade, Serbia Prlja conceived a workshop, as a series of activities that introduced the participants to the state of trans-citizenship and helped them to experience the weakness of that position. The first part of the workshop consisted of a dictate in a foreign language (the interpreter dictated a text Dutch which was an insert from a Dutch newspaper about resent influx of migrants in Holland), all participants tried to write the text most accurately, but their efforts were underestimated by the corrections, written in red by the interpreter on the participants’ papers. The original texts and the corrections were exhibited at the end of the workshop.
Remont, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016