Exiled in stages from her homeland, Breda Beban's personal history is deeply interwoven within her work. With the collapse of the former Yugoslavia she and her partner and collaborator, Hrvoje Horvatic, travelled across Europe as refugees before eventually settling in London. Despite these experiences, Beban’s work evokes the tenderness at the edge of things that binds past and present, history and reality, loss and memory, in a transforming, visually poetic form.
Physically present in 'Walk of Three Chairs', Beban floats down the Danube on a barge accompanied by a gypsy folk band. Positioned at a point in the river that is traditionally thought to be the edge of Europe and the start of the Balkans, we see holiday dachas nestled between green trees on the left bank and the contrastingly industrial landscape of Belgrade on the right.
- Artwork Details: running time: 9 minutes 53seconds
- Edition: 1 of 3 (+1 artist's master)
- Material description: super 16mm transferred to DVD
- Credit line: © the artist. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in association with John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and supported by Arts Council England
- Medium: Film and Audio Visual
- Accession number: ACC29/2004