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Želimir Žilnik: Shadow Citizens

Solo exhibition from 19 April – 17 June 2018 at the Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg

Online Film Program  www.zilnikzelimir.net  

Curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW  

Shadow Citizens offers an insight into the radical film praxis and extensive oeuvre of filmmaker Želimir Žilnik (b. 1942, based in Novi Sad, Serbia) within the exhibition context. From his beginnings in the lively amateur film scene of Yugoslavia in the 1960s, Žilnik has gone on to make more than fifty films, including a number of feature films and TV productions, often in the genre of docudrama. He received international recognition early on, winning the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 1969 Berlin International Film Festival for Early Works. In the 1970s his films encountered political opposition, and he left Yugoslavia for West Germany, where he realized several independent films, including some of the earliest films dealing with the topic of guest workers.

Želimir Žilnik movie Early Works, 1969, photo: Andrej Popović

The exhibition, which spans five decades of Žilnik’s career, revolves around several of his feature-length films, which anchor numerous short films and excerpts from longer works. These are organized in clusters of interconnected themes that run through Žilnik’s opus and relate to the concept of shadow citizens, such as questions of shadow economies, borders, migration, labor, terrorism, revolutionary fatigue, clashes of parallel modernisms, and more.


The opening weekend film program (April 20–21) at the cinema Cine k will have Želimir Žilnik in attendance.  

Shadow Citizens will travel to Galerija Nova, Zagreb, in November 2018. A publication with commissioned essays by curators and film scholars on Želimir Žilnik’s works will be published in spring 2019.

Shadow Citizens is funded by:


Grants for Media Art 2018 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art

The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art has awarded three six-months work grants for 2017. The grants of 10.000 Euro are sponsored by Stiftung Niedersachsen. 

357 artists from all over the world have applied for the grants.

We are pleased to announce that the three award winners are Petra Bauer, Zach Blas and Daniel Jacoby.


The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art will award three Grants for Media Art 2018 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony (€10,000 each).

Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations.Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art. 


Opening Hours and Guided Tours

The Edith-Russ-Haus opens during exhibition times daily without Monday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission on every 4th Saturday of the month. Guided tours during exhibition times every Sunday at noon and 3 p.m. (in German language).

The Edith-Russ-Haus is closed on the following dates: 1 Jan; 1 May; 24, 25 and 31 Dec.

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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