1395 Days Without Red

Šejla Kamerić film 1395 Days Without Red was made in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers, and is part of The Artangel Collection. The work is a co-commission with the the Whitworth, The University of Manchester and since its initial presentation in 2011, Šejla Kamerić's work has been screened at mac birmingham in 2014 and at P21 Gallery in London in 2015.


  • Artist: Šejla Kamerić
  • Title: 1395 Days Without Red
  • Date: 2011
  • Medium: HD video / Surround sound 5.1
  • Duration 61 minutes
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Both versions are extremely affecting, and both have their humour: the fear of the populace transmuted into absurd relay races at the crossroads, rubbernecking in the shadow of buildings, the same feelings of solitary, hopeless exposure, the shuffled herding at street corners. The two films become a stereoscopic view of the same thing. Or is it the same thing? – Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 4 July 2011.

During the 1395 day long siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s, the city's residents were advised not to wear bright colours that might draw attention from snipers in the hills above. Retracing the route of Sniper Alley today, Šejla Kamerić's film follows a woman, played by Maribel Verdú, as she makes her way through the city on foot. At each intersection she makes the decision whether to stop or to run, to run on her own or with others. Elsewhere in the city, an orchestra is rehearsing passages from Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony, the Pathétique. The musicians stop and start, repeating different sections of the symphony, echoing the movements of the residents through the city.


Image: Šejla Kamerić, 1395 Days Without Red, 2011 (detail) at Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, 2011. Photograph: Michael Pollard

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at mac birmingham

Birmingham, 22 March 2014

In Spring 2014 multi-arts venue mac birmingham partnered with Flatpack Festival to present Šejla Kamerić's 1395 Days Without Red. The work was shown to accompany mac birmingham's 'Walk On' group exhibition, which explored artists’ use of walks and journeys, both literal and metaphorical, since the late 1960s. 'Walk On' also included Guards and The Nightwatch by Francis Alÿs.


Image: Maribel Verdu in a production still taken during filming of 1395 Days Without Red by Šejla Kamerić in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers (2011). Photograph: Milomir Kovačević Strašni

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at P21 Gallery

London, 11 September - 31 October 2015

By presenting the human form as the timeless counterargument to violence, we equip ourselves with the best reminder of what we stand to lose when we engage in conflict. Chris Zacharia, Flux Magazine, 7 October 2015.

Šejla Kamerić's 1395 Days without Red was screened as part of the group exhibition 'Autonomy of Self' at P21 Gallery in the autumn of 2015. Responding to Ariella Azoulay's essay Civil Contract of Photography, the exhibition brought together photographic and moving image works from across the former Ottoman territories, to examine how images made in conflict are produced, used and exhibited to create visual representation where political representation is absent.


Image: Maribel Verdu in a production still taken during filming of 1395 Days Without Red by Šejla Kamerić in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers (2011). Photograph: Milomir Kovačević Strašni

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, Šejla Kamerić's 1395 Days without Red has been screened at: