The cave was once a refuge, a home to the first humans, a safe and secure place that provided protection from the dangers outside – wild animals that sometimes became the hunter instead of the hunted – from the harsh weather and the high and low temperatures. It was also a place to rest at night and enjoy the first amusements around the fire, a most needed home for these original communities in unsettled and dangerous times. Did fire serve them only for heating and preparing food? The history of art also points to the aboriginal need to observe shadows on rugged, sharp, but visually stimulating cave walls.
Was the interplay of light and shadow on the walls an archaic form of the first home theater? Did early humans live here in a kind of virtual reality? Has Šaljić returned us to the past through (quasi) archetypal moments by emphasizing the experience of subjective perception of the newly illuminated hidden world by the camera’s eye?
– Marin Jukić
(To be published as an artist book in 2019)