State of Illusion departs from the story of the last pavilion of the defunct state of Yugoslavia at an international world exposition – the Montreal EXPO 1967. Cibic rebuilds its structure as a model stage set where the original architectonic representation of Yugoslavia’s six republics is rebuilt as six illusionist devices. A cast of a female illusionist and her three henchmen make use of the architectural replica to make the illusionist herself disappear; the Illusionist – an allegory of a nation state – disappears in a more violent manner within each of the six architectural apparatuses. Cibic’s conceptual play on nation states as illusions points toward the fragile nature of their conception and survival and pours accent to the stagecraft mechanisms of spectacle which surrounds their presentation to the international spectatorship – hungry for the populism of the growing nationalist tendencies and their destructive force.

Commissioned by DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain Montreal; supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studios in the Fine Arts, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

A film by Jasmina Cibic

The illusionist: Kristina Aleksova

Assistants: Josh Ben-Tovim, Dejan Kolarov, Alessandro Marzotto

Cinematographer: Mark Carey

Editor and colorist: Sue Giovanni

Produced by Waddington Studios London

Production manager: Manca Bajec

Location producer: Nataša Pavlović


DIT: Miodrag Popović

1st AC: Vladimir Stević

Camera trainee: Agnes Julia Vesterback

Key grip: Dobroslav Milenković – Pekoš

Grip: Ivan Arnautović

Gaffer: Dragoljub Erić

Gaffer assistants: Stefan Jovanović, Veljko Jovanović

Hair and Make-Up: Mirjana Rakić and Danijela Vidarić

Sound recordist: Goran Kulić

Art department supervision: Maša Milovac, Mateja Šetina

Art department assistants: Erika Vujić, Vladimir Topalov

Set magician: Igor Trifunov

Costumes: Jasmina Cibic

Seamstress: Snežana Ignjatović

Stills Photographer: Pete Moss

Stage technicians: Mile Kovačević, Miloš Smiljanoć, Dejan Vuković

Typography: ‘Jugoslavensko pismo’ by Olga Hocker, 1951

Composer: Chris Bemand

Violin: Orla O’Rourke

Clarinet: Bob Mc Kay

Trumpet: Tom Harrison

Voice Over: Caroline Crier

Research assistants: Tanha Gomes, Jelica Jovanović, Mike Wert

Filmed in Sombor National Theatre, Serbia.


Thanks to: Phoebe Greenberg, Cheryl Sim, Victoria Carrasco, Cordula Fink-Schürmann, Thomas Schriefers, Vladimir Kulić, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Vesna Meštrić, Tihomir Milovac, Mihajlo Neštrović, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Una Popović, Radovan Cukić, Museum of Yugoslavia, Archive of Yugoslavia, The Rooms, Canadian Centre for Architecture.


Commissioned by DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montreal, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advance Studies in Fine Art, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, MSU Zagreb and the Northern Film School – Leeds Beckett University.