Public in Private / Jasna L. Vinovrški: Staying Alive [US PREMIERE]

In Staying Alive, Croatian artist Jasna L. Vinovrški and her collaborators—a book and an electronic tablet—tackle the migration debate. In a humble demonstration of community, the book is passed around for the audience to touch and read while Vinovrški experiments with the iPad’s potential for eye contact. Teetering between the heartfelt and the absurd, Staying Alive is a precarious situation—one that gradually becomes a state of emergency.

Presented as part of the Perforations Festival.

This work was created within the larger project “Migrant Bodies,” which was supported by the programme EU Culture from 2007-2013 (, in collaboration and with the support of Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples – Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance. Presentation at the Abrons Arts Center is supported by the Goethe Institut and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Photo courtesy Giselle Chignon