SCHLINGE UND KRISTALL SIND AUS DEM GLEICHEN DRUCK ENTSTANDEN / NOOSE AND CRYSTAL WERE CREATED FROM THE SAME PRESSURE
Book: 128 pages, 120 x 190 mm, hardcover
Published by: ︎︎︎ Textem Verlag, 2014
Author: Adnan Softić
Visual concept: Nina Softić,
Colaborators: Edis Sipal, Marko Mijatović,
Supported by: Kulturbehörde Hamburg
Design: ︎︎︎ Christoph Steinegger / Interkool
"The tomatoes here just don't taste good to me. And they still don't taste good to me even 20 years later! This observation of the "wrong" tomato on the dining table is in a way mystified,
symbolised and elevated to a small but powerful monument of the de-localised."
Adnan Softić deals with the complex problematic of exile in his book project SCHLINGE UND KRISTALL SIND AUS DEM GLEICHEN DRUCK ENTSTANDEN (NOOSE AND CRYSTAL WERE CREATED FROM THE SAME PRESSURE).
This book is about the state one gets into when one is thrown out of history. Roughly speaking, as soon as there is a break, history always begins to falter. The narrative lines that mark the path of life tear or become knotted and the past can no longer be understood. These are times when one moves outside one's own boundaries.
Softić's book is about speechlessness, the dislocation and disgruntlement of the body, the confusion of times and the accumulation of failures. It revolves around open wounds and asks the question: what does history mean at all? He describes displacement as an existential caesura, and although being displaced is usually a collective experience, it brings with it the most intimate feelings of isolation. Now and then, crystalline structures can be found in the exiles' shattered experiences, but mostly the torn threads of their own history become knotted and tangled into traps and loops.