PURE BLOOD
Public Art Installation, Performance
2019

I’ve crawled on my knees for 2 kilometers, marking a red line through the abandoned ruins of the industrial zone “Incel” in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the performance, I’ve painted a large-scale abstract red line resembling the spillage of blood, moving from Incel towards the center of the city. I’ve used a simple brush and buckets in the beginning of the performance, and only my bare hands and body towards the end.

*Incel stands for a ghost of the workers self-organization period in Bosnia (ex-Yugoslavia), whose streets now remain empty and silent, witnessing an ongoing economic and political transition.

In 2019., a giant fire destroyed a large part of Incel, resulting in the spillage of toxic perylene that endangered the spread of toxins in the blood of the current workers in the area, as well as all the citizens of Banja Luka.

The spillage of perylene was a result of a process of privatization that included clumsy handling of these remnants of the former economy.

Photo Documentation: Predrag Milašinović, Dalibor Danilović

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