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.