The Birdsong is Deafening

Words and images by Teva Cosic

By April 19, 2021June 30th, 2021The Collective

The Birdsong is Deafening is an ongoing body of work that contemplates the endlessly shifting landscape between memory, loss and place. It reflects upon the relationship I have to my hometown of Cairns and the in-between spaces of growing up with a multicultural identity. On my mother’s side there is the deep quiet of Scandinavia and on my father’s the fragments of old Yugoslavia.

In the process of creating, I gathered around me the residue of memory. I consulted old creek beds I once dug holes in, bike paths I frequented, musty cane fields burning the same fires and the well-worn family albums asleep in an old fridge. I used the camera to trace over these thoughts on identity and what began as a solitary meditation slowly extended into a gentle collaboration with the land and those closest to me. I found solace in narrating a fragment of my own story with the thought that I might entangle others in its roots. And although you may not feel exactly the same poetic sentiments I have tried to steep these images in – I invite you to recall your own longings and to create dialogue between worlds that are both real and imagined, familiar and unfamiliar, here and there.

Teva Cosic

Teva Cosic

Teva Cosic (b.1994) is an artist based between Naarm/Melbourne and Gimuy/Cairns. Her research and practise explore the complex tensions of family and cultural history as they intersect with boarder notions of identity, migration and belonging. Working within the realm of the poetic and affective, her practise presses against traditional documentary frameworks, spilling over into a speculative space where truth and fiction oscillate. She is interested in photography as a social practise that opens up new ways of meaning making as well as its ultimate failure to capture the complexities of our human experience.