Here and There – Ana Mihalić
In addition to capturing the photos of the everyday life of a Nigerian asylum-seeker in Croatia, Prince Wale Soniyiki, I also took notes of our conversations about his childhood memories and life in Africa that he was forced to hastily leave behind.
In my work, I point out how big experiential, national, cultural, social, gender and imaginative differences are between Prince and me in the process of entering into his inner world. Taking a subjective point of view, I try to emphasize our differences while being aware of obstacles of getting into his inner world. By balancing between the two worlds in which Prince lives – the real one, in which he now resides, and the world that only exists in his memories which he transfers to me through the learned words of a foreign language – I create a new, visual interpretation of his life and memories. I consider my own interpretations of Prince’s memories, thoughts and acquired knowledge as an expression of my own desire for being recognised in the Other, questioning the truthfulness and worth of what is being represented.