Burhan Hadžialjević

Burhan Hadžialjević

Burhan Hadžialjević, a passionate connosieur  of Thailand and Indochina, introduces the local problems in a very unusal way. Unlike the participating artists from Europe and western countries , he is changing his visual approach to be more aking to the local tradition. He created two multi-partial works that can be interpreted as installations. One of them shows two surfaces, black and white,  covered by bent, worm-like steel nails. On both surfaces, the nails form a square-shaped and a round-shaped symbolic forms called „The Red“ and „The Yellow“, adressing herewith the issues of the host country. The other work is, in terms of elements and aesthetics fully in accordance with the Buddhist view of the world. The author calls it Finding Oneself Within Oneself. W see two gorgeous, gold-colour frames filled with flags and a text glued to the glass saying: „the revolution or evolution of human consciousness is happening now. We were born to do great things but most of us don’t realize it. „ On one panel, the text is in English, and on the other one, the text is in Thai. In the middle, the artist has placed an original Buddha statue, with rice shells lying around it. On them, there are leaf bowls filled with rice. Identical bowls can be found through out the Chiang Mai Art Center, which makes them into symbols of the whole project. Because Buddhism is not a religion though some of its manifestations overlap with religion. It avoids metaphysical speculations and adresses the individual directly without the interference of some fictional saviour. Buddha warns, but doesn’t carry a sword. One could also say that the message of Burhan Hadžialjević’s work is a Buddhist one. He offers food because he thinks that it should be equally accessible for all. With this humanistic approach, he questions the uneven, capital-driven division of food and resources. This work initiates thinking about the unjustices of the world we inhabit, and offers a pacifistic Buddhist view of the questionability of predominance of materialism in its most shameless form-the inaccessibility of the basic means of survival of the individual, the man, for all who inhabit our planet.