The footage was taken from the National Archive of Radio and Television of Slovenia. It represents a collection of the archive’s documentation of media reports on migrants from 2001-2008. I was interested in analysing the representation of asylum seekers/migrant as they are constructed by a dominant State institution of image and meaning production.
Postcards tries to show how images in themselves, through the way they are produced (montaged), effect the criminalization and victimization of of those represented.
The film pair Report on the state of the asylum policy in the Republic of Slovenia from January 2008 to August 2009 and Postcards by Nika Autor critically deconstructs the dominant discourse of the asylum and migration policy, lucidly pointing to the principles of exclusion behind it. The films are a reflection upon discourses that legitimise the modus of the disciplining practices which regulate the social situation of asylum seekers, constructing their subjectivity and identities. Further, they point to marginalization and discrimination. From a completely different perspective, Nika Autor legitimises exactly what the dominant regime of representation has hidden and supplanted, revealing that what has been concealed from us is the practice of segregation. Her breaking down of how the social hegemony is inscribed into the regime of representation allows her to crucially transform the existing discourse of the asylum policy. This of course meaning that what is taken apart is the stereotypical representation since a stereotype is regarded as a crucial point of legitimating subjection and preclusion. And this is where the point of resistance comes into play, pointing to mechanisms of power and control and unveiling the ruptures in the dominant construction of reality. By unearthing the hegemonic paradigm, Nika Author seeks to show what failed to be represented and what remained unseen and omitted. Representation therefore is not a politically neutral event, for it legitimises distinctively its object of vision, functioning simultaneously as a social practice the narrative of which is clearly connected to the territory of power, interests and politics.
– Sergej Kapus
about the author
Nika Autor works in the field of contemporary art. She finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and is currently finishing her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The focus of her work is a research of the invisibilities/ inaudibilities, along that the question of the production of dominant representations, which are emerging on today’s social, political and economical grounds. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front ( Obzorniška Fronta / OF ). Her work has been presented in different galleries and festivals; Film d’actualites-l’actu est a nous /Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Between Worlds II, Gallery Miroslav Kraljevič, Zagreb, Croatia; U3, 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, Ljubljana; Shifts in Time: Performing the Chronic, Mumok, Vienna, Austria; Alternative film/video, Festival novog filma i videa, Beograd, Serbia.