Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs (Boshko Buha) | Renata Poljak


Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs (Boshko Buha)
Video installation, 11 min, 2011

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As a child, Ivan Kojundzic became widely popular face of a big screen; he embodied the historic persona of Boshko Buha in a homonymous Yugoslav feature film.  Made in 1979, the film elaborated life, combat actions, bravery and heroic death in an ambush of this youngest of Partisans, who was only fifteen when he joined the communist movement, and was posthumously awarded with the People’s Hero of Yugoslavia title. Through the film’s continuous screenings both in theaters and on the national television, the communist ideology and belief in Yugoslav socialist system were extensively spread.

Boshko Buha was one of the most popular films of the Yugoslav era.

Only 10 years after playing the main role in the film Ivan Kojundzic got actively involved in the Serbo – Croatian War which marked the end of Yugoslav Federation and its political agenda—the very ones Boshko Buha was fighting for.

Ivan Kujundzic today is 48 years old.

One interview, two realities…

The role of Bosko Buha was Kojundzic’s first and the last film act. In the 1990’s he got actively involved in the Croatian War of Independence which marked the end of Yugoslav Federation and its political agendas—the very ones Bosko Buha was fighting for—and later, during the early days of newly founded Democratic Republic of Croatia, worked as the news speaker on Croatian National Radio and Television.

2012    5th Annual T-HT competition Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2011    Award at 37th Split Art Salon, Contemporary Visual Arts Biennial, Split, Croatia

— Zeljka Himbele exhibition text (pdf)