Artwork Details

  • Artist Nika Oblak and Primõz Novak
  • Title Going South – From Ljubljana to Sharjah
  • Date 2009
  • Medium Fictional documentary
  • Duration 31 minutes, 15 seconds
  • Credit Commissioned and Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Going South – From Ljubljana to Sharjah Image


The film depicts an epic journey in which the pair strives to break a Guinness World Record, by pushing a wheelbarrow from Ljubljana to Sharjah – a feat that would cover a distance of 14,500 kilometres and require 3 years and 12 days. The existing Guinness World Record for wheelbarrow walking was set by a man in Australia in the 1970s.

Filmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UAE, Going South captures an ambiguity in the drive to succeed. On the one hand the artists strive to be the best in their chosen discipline, however that discipline is notable for its peculiarity and fundamental futility. Through its alternative pursuit, Going South can be understood to reflect more broadly the desire to succeed in a given system, yet also to escape the structure that system imposes. It’s an inherently conflictive situation that perhaps could be considered to characterise our media and capital driven age.