The Cultural Center Grad, together with the CULTURESCAPES Balkans 2013 festival from Basel, is organizing a program called Inspiration Belgrade, which is hosting the Swiss artist Mats Staub.Before Staub four artists have been guests of the program – Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, Austrian writer Josef Kleindienst, German cinematographer Niclas Reed Middleton and French multimedia artist Marianne Maric.
From Saturday, July 20th till August 20th, Mats is working on his project “21”. Through meetings and interviews with the citizens of Belgrade, he is collecting material relating to the time they turned 21.
“21” collects the individual memories of how different people experienced the moment of coming of age between the years 1938 and 2013. These stories are all about turning twenty-one. As stories, they always reflect the shared experiences of an entire generation, but they also often feature examples of those very private, distinct situations and experiences, which turn us – no matter how old we really are – into adults or unexpectedly force us to grow up. “21” presents portraits of the narrators as listeners in form of a video installation. The storytellers were filmed listening to audio recordings of their own memories for the first time.” (source)
Mats Staub was born in 1972 in Bern. He lives and works in Basel and Zurich, as well as various locations where his long-term projects take place. He studied theater studies, journalism and religion studies in Bern, Fribourg and Berlin. From 1996 to 2001, he worked as a journalist for various publications, and from 2002 to 2004 as a dramatic advisor at the Neumarkt Theater in Zurich. As of 2004, he has been developing his own art projects at the intersections between theater and exhibition, journalism and science.