TO MYSELF

 Matica hrvatska Gallery, Zagreb, 2004
textual  installation, performance (duration: seven days)
photography: Željko Badurina

The exhibition consisted of two parts: a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ text Meditations and a seven day performance. The whole text was copied by incising the letters in tracing paper with a needle, which slowed the whole process of copying down and made it impossible to get rid of the mistakes that arose in the writing. The text is then pasted on pads and the observer could read it in mirror-wise.

The work of contemplation begun with copying out the text was continued in the seven day performance that went on in an niche of the gallery, into which I withdrew into isolation every day. In the niche, I sat practically motionless for seven hours with my back turned to the visitors, from whom I was separated by a cloth partition onto which my shadow fell.

Izložba se sastojala od dva dijela: prijepisa teksta Samome sebi, stoičkog filozofa i rimskog cara Marka Aurelija i sedmodnevnog performansa. Cjelokupan tekst je prepisan urezivanjem slova u paus-papir iglom, što cijeli proces prepisivanja usporava, a greške koje u pisanju nastanu nemoguće je ukloniti. Tekst je potom lijepljen na podloge, a promatrač ga je mogao čitati zrcalno.

Kontemplativni rad započet prepisivanjem teksta nastavljen je u sedmodnevnom performansu u niši galerije u koju se svaki dan povlačim u izolaciju. U niši gotovo nepomično sjedim sedam sati leđima okrenuta posjetiteljima, od kojih sam odijeljena platnenom pregradom na koju pada moja sjena.

 

 

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