BPM 2020/1: Searching for Mr. X – Karsten Kronas

May 8, 7 pm
Bioskop Balkan
Braće Jugovića 16, Belgrade

Is Mr. X the one who stole my mobile phone?
At least it was him who unexpectedly turned into a ghost:
Through the Dropbox-interface of my phone, I saw every photograph Mr. X took with the camera, saw him, his friends, Eritrean weddings, and a community, more detailed than the one I have seen before. And, I discovered a woman on one of his photos whom I photographed two weeks earlier than him.
After I received 256 images and some videos files, I set out searching for Mr. X in Tel Aviv, later also in Eritrea. It was a search that was never one for my stolen mobile phone. In Tel Aviv I found a home from a community of Orthodox Christians from Eritrea who do not see any future either in their home country, nor, for most of them, in Israel. In Eritrea I found the most sincere people ever. The search has long turned metaphorical.
The series combines my photographs with those of Mr. X. With panoptic images and concise details, it revolves around questions which also visually transform a specific inquiry into an odyssey; questions of identity, home and faith, questions about wandering around. I am not only asking Mr. X, but because of Mr. X.

This exhibition has been organised through the essential support of Goethe-Institut Belgrad that supports artist mobility, by which German artist Karsten Kronas is able to participate in Belgrade Photo Month Festival.


The exhibition will run until 3rd June, 2021

Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation nobody can enter the Gallery without wearing a mask as required by the Rep of Serbia regulations.

Visiting hours:
Tue – Fri / 14 – 19h
Sat – Sun / 12 – 15h