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Adnan Softic

Schiffe mit Waren und Stoffen aus aller Welt stoßen mit ihren Wellen die Bibby Challenge an

Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 12:25 | Allemagne | 2020

The “Bibby Challenge” – a cross between a cruise ship and container ship – is a kind of improvised home on the water that German authorities in Hamburg set up to accommodate refugees from the Yugoslav Civil Wars. Adnan Softi? lived on this ship, which was anchored in the middle of the city on the river Elbe.?? We hear voices and we see pictures. People remember and we become witnesses of their memories. And while we become witnesses, we remember ourselves. Maybe. Not all memories are divisible, but there are bridges. There is the ship, there is the sea. There is the container. There is the living space, rather limited, four people in nine square meters. Fates of war, fates of refugees. Perhaps the experience on board the "Bibby Challenge" was not much different than on Noah's Ark - both ships with a grotesquely bloated belly. The form follows the function: to accommodate as much life as possible. The "Bibby Challenge" does not actually sail; it floats. The ship is part of the city and yet a body beyond space and time. Softi? addresses the ship as both a place and a non-place at the same time – as a floating, highly mobile vessel that knows how to navigate the boundaries between national and international waters, if only because twothirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water.

Adnan Softi? is a director, author and visual artist. He is consistently dealing with historical and remembrance politics issues and his inter-disciplinary art activities are on display in numerous exhibitions and screenings in both Germany and abroad. Most recently: n.b.k., Berlin; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo… Furthermore Softi? was recently awarded with the scholarships of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo and Working Fellowship of the Senate of Berlin.