Recycling Balkan Love
After years of tragic Balkan incidents, exYugoslavia republics are trying to restore political contacts and reconstruct relations that used to be intense years ago. As a mater of fact, “economic cooperation” has never stopped, but only assumed different names. A series of digital prints with “watercolor” interventions map political personas as people of “flesh and blood” having desires on one hand and mask of political and public people in the protocol service on the other hand. This matrix was used to encourage the participants of the artist’s colony to write down their ideas and thoughts about love. The “simple” test turned out to be a relatively difficult task and proved that is easier to form a negative emotion and utter a bad word than a term of affection.
A collection of 10 digital prints with watercolour interventions titled “Dangerous Liaisons” discreetly draw one’s attention to a series of political figures who have been involved in political sex scandals. Their names, as well as the names of the women involved in affairs, are hidden in QR codes. QR codes “blur” their identities and act as visual elements (they remind me of Mondrian’s paintings). However, I do not want to expose sexually predisposed dimension which discriminates women’s role in politics considered as a man’s world. What I try to establish within the visual layers of the prints is my interest in the structure of politicians trying to justify their acts once their liaisons are revealed, as well as the context of the moral guardians. Even though today’s political sex scandals seem to be a substitute for what used to be a privilege of the court, the “semantics” of body language and the arguments of political leaders establish the backside of the political protocol. This way, Bill Clinton’s affair disclosed the symbolic power of the Word acting as an extension of the legal system, while Silvio Berlusconi’s excess behaviour was completely immune to it.