Ab uno disce omnes
Ab uno disce omnes is a new work by artist Šejla Kamerić commissioned by Wellcome Collection as part of the exhibition Forensics: The anatomy of crime. The work centres on Kamerić's acute interest in forensic medicine’s integral role in Bosnian society in the wake of the 1992–95 war and addresses the brutal legacy of an all too recent past. Attesting to the absence of countless family members across the region and the painstaking forensic process of recovering and identifying massacre victims, Ab uno disce omnes seeks to reconcile the cultural, political and historical void between the proliferation of statistical information and the enduring human consequences of war.
Presented as a multimedia installation and an ongoing web project, Kamerić's work offers a living memorial through data by immersing visitors in a torrent of information through which the complex structures of the war and its aftermath can be traced. In the charged environment of a working mortuary fridge, files are randomly selected and constantly reshuffled, providing each observer with a unique encounter with the work. The indiscriminate nature of this continuous stream of images resembles a digital organism constantly mapping and reassembling information about itself as its data content continues to grow.