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Katarina Zdjelar

Circus

First comes the music. Even before the first images appear in Katarina Zdjelar’s seven-minute-long video Shoum, 2009, one of three works in her recent exhibition “One or Two Songs,” we hear the first measures of the 1984 Tears for Fears megahit “Shout.” And only afterward do the images arrive: We see an iPod, a sheet of paper, but above all hands, chapped hands with unkempt, dirty fingernails—the hands of hardworking men—holding pens. Over the course of the next seven minutes, two men—who, as the press release informs us come from Belgrade—attempt to decipher the lyrics of “Shout” as though they contained a coded message. This is in fact the case, considering that these two men speak no English. “Shoum Shoum Lajdi o Lau,” they write and sing, in a strange invented language somewhere between phonetic transcription, Serbian, and English, as Tears for Fears sing, “Shout, shout, let it all

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