IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD by Nele KarajlicSónar+D Installation
Friday 2618:00 - 23:45
Lounge+D by Converse by Converse
Alter, shift, invert, distort, or amend the flow and shape of the words.

Nele Karajlic is a multifaceted artist from Belgrade, Serbia. Best known as the frontman of the popular rock band Zabranjeno Pušenje, Karajlic has made significant contributions to the music and cultural landscape of the balkan region. Beyond his musical endeavors, he has explored acting, writing, and filmmaking, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Karajlic’s charismatic stage presence, sharp wit, and thought-provoking lyrics have earned him a loyal fan base. With his bold and often satirical approach, he fearlessly addresses social and political issues, challenging the status quo.


The participatory art installation by Nele Karajlic revolves all around language. By transforming the words of his libretto for the opera "Les Temps des Gitanes”, Nele seeks to raise awareness about the profound significance of language and the spoken word. Specifically, he focuses on the Sinti and Roma language, highlighting how words have been passed down and preserved through generations, traversing geography, and history.


In his installation, Nele manipulates dynamics and encourages visitors to actively engage with the exhibit. Everyone is invited to alter, shift, invert, distort, or amend the flow and shape of the words, using their own projected silhouettes. Through the immersive installation, the power of words extends beyond the static confines of a printed page or theater stage, immersing visitors in a realm where language and multisensory experiences blend seamlessly.


 Curators: Denis Leo Hegic, Monolog Gallery and Sanja Bjelanovic-Jankovic, Sanjaj Gallery