Srđan Tunić

art historian, freelance curator, cultural manager and researcher

Dijalog počinje hakovanjem (slučaj Domovina): intervju sa Karamom Kapom / Dialogue starts with a hack (Homeland case): an interview with Caram Kapp (2015)

Homeland (Domovina), televizijska serija i politički triler iz SAD, bazirana na izraelskoj seriji Hatufim (Prisoners of War), emituje se od 2011. godine i do sada je dobila nekoliko nagrada (Zlatni globus, Emi), ali i bila meta ozbiljnih kritika. Serija se mahom bavi vojnim intervencijama SAD i međunarodnom špijunažom.

Glavna glumica, Kler Dejns (Claire Danes) igra agenta CIA Keri Metison na Bliskom i Srednjem Istoku, od Pakistana do Libana, što ima paralelu u aktuelnom ratu protiv terorizma. Članak u “Vašington postu” iz 2014. navodi da je “Homeland” televizijski šou “sa najviše predrasuda” zbog pogrešnog prikazivanja Arapa, muslimana i islama – bilo da se radi o netačnim informacijama o kulturi, istoriji i izgovoru imena, ili, što je problematičnije, služeći kao propaganda time što “meša svako ispoljavanje političkog islama, Arape, muslimane i celi Bliski Istok u jednu čudovišnu, frankenštajnovsku, globalnu terorističku pretnju koja zapravo ne postoji”.

Nova polemika pojavila se na početku pete sezone koja je emitovana 11. oktobra 2015, ali ovoga puta u obliku nezavisne umetničke intervencije u samoj seriji. U okviru scenografije (koja prikazuje izbeglički kamp u Libanu, sniman u Berlinu), bilo je nekoliko grafiti poruka na zidovima na arapskom: Domovina je rasistička, Domovina nije serija, Domovina je lubenica (vic) i Ovaj šou ne predstavlja mišljenja umetnika, između ostalih.

Troje umetnika i aktivista – Stoun (Stone), Heba Amin i Karam Kap (Caram Kapp), unajmljenih da obezbede “realističniju” pozadinu sa unapred određenim porukama na arapskom, napravili su grafite sa sopstvenim porukama radi kritike serije, dok njihovu intervenciju nije primetila tokom snimanja filmska ekipa. Jedan od učesnika, Karam Kap, kulturni istraživač i grafički dizajner iz Berlina, opisuje u intervjuu samu akciju, kontekst delovanja, njihovu motivaciju i reakcije posle zvaničnog emitovanja serije.

 

Homeland, a U.S.A. political thriller television series, based on the Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War), is running from 2011 and until now both won several awards (Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy) and was a target to serious criticisms.

The series mainly focus on the U.S. led military interventions and espionage (the main actor, Claire Danes plays the CIA agent Carrie Mathison) in the Near and Middle East, from Pakistan to Lebanon, echoing the current war on terrorism. A Washington Post article from 2014 says that ‘Homeland’ is the most bigoted show on television due to its misrepresentation of Arabs, Muslims and Islam – either being misleading about the culture, history and pronunciation of names, or, more problematically, serving as a propaganda tool by “mashing together every manifestation of political Islam, Arabs, Muslims and the whole Middle East into a Frankenstein-monster global terrorist threat that simply doesn’t exist”.

When starting with the fifth season on Sunday 11th October 2015, a new controversy surfaced out, but this time in a form of an independent artivistic intervention from within the series. In the background of the set (representing a refugee camp in Lebanon, shot in Berlin) several graffiti messages in Arabic were visible stating Homeland is racist, Homeland is NOT a series, Homeland is watermelon (a joke) and This show does not represent the views of the artists, among others.

Three artists and activists – Stone, Heba Amin and Caram Kapp, hired to provide a more “realistic” setting by making pre-determined graffitis in Arabic, inscribed their own messages to criticize the series, while their intervention was at the time not noticed by the film crew itself. In this interview, one of the protagonists – Caram Kapp, a cultural researcher and graphic designer based in Berlin – will describe more the action itself, the context, their motivations and feedbacks received after the official broadcast.

 

Full version in Serbian: http://www.seecult.org/vest/dijalog-pocinje-hakovanjem (vest)

Short version in English: http://caramk.blogspot.de/2015/12/dialogue-starts-with-hack-graffiti.html

Fotografije: ljubaznošću umetnika.

Photos: courtesy of the artists.

ArabianStreetArtists8.jpg right: against the red, blue and purple devil (A Muslim Brotherhood reference made by an Egyptian general on Television in 2013) left: Homeland is a joke, and it didn't make us laugh

ArabianStreetArtists8.jpg
right: against the red, blue and purple devil (A Muslim Brotherhood reference made by an Egyptian general on Television in 2013)
left: Homeland is a joke, and it didn’t make us laugh

 

2 comments on “Dijalog počinje hakovanjem (slučaj Domovina): intervju sa Karamom Kapom / Dialogue starts with a hack (Homeland case): an interview with Caram Kapp (2015)

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