Dunja Jankovic interviewed by Ines Cobeljic
Dunja, you’re obviously very involved in both of the communities you work in. In fact, you’re a bit of an instigator! Both SKVER! in Mali Losinj and The Projects here in Portland, which I did get a chance to explore, really demand a great deal of involvement on the part of both audience and and artist, and even the spaces are such that those lines become a bit blurred. There’s really a lot of generosity that you must be allowing yourself to feel with your ideas — to let them flow freely across interpersonal boundaries and take root however they will. I confess that I’m really very curious about the converse, though: how led are you by all that’s unfurling around you?
The thing about my “organizing” activities is that I started doing it from some inner impulse, with a vague idea of what I want to accomplish. Like with many other things, lots of times I rely on the instinct, and follow it. With SKVER it was a vision of having artists from around the world, collaborating and experimenting with their own works in the shipyards of my native island. The idea was so impossible that it was worth it to try it. Each year (and it started 4 years ago) I discover, or become aware a bit more of, what exactly it is that I am doing or in what direction this festival is going. Like in those strategic games where you have all these dark areas around which become illuminated once you approach them, so you can see more clearly only by getting very close to the dark.