installation in public space, digital prints on forex and a mirror
installation view from 13. Pančevo Art Biennial 2008
photo © Marko Krojač
You haven’t seen all my darkness yet! is a step forward in a public space in the form of prints, which make the aggressor’s statements visible, place them in the looks, thoughts and mouths of the viewers. These messages, which are usually said and heard privately, in the closed family circle or any other community, are the expression of participants’ psychological disorder or illness, who often behave totally opposite outside that narrow circle: Curtly, flexibly, even nicely and amiably. Sentences are examples of psychological and physical torture, a two-dimensional effect of comic strip captions points to a characteristic of that world as parallel, marginalized, swept under the carpet. Focused, consistent and continuous aggression as a form of behavior is a part not so much of secret as of a well-masked life of society and cultural phenomenon of silence, mental non-hygiene and deep crisis. Dimension of work as comic strip captions, plays with the idea of possibility to spot violent actions, and also with reconsidering one’s own role in the scenario, the role of the author of the scenario (his power, style of using the power), the role of the comic strip maker, publisher, and consumer. A viewer is placed in the position of a participant and is constantly moved from the place of a subject to the place of the message object by focusing on verbal message, which is one of the aggressor’s instruments, and by constant shifting of the viewer’s role through his direct spatial relation with the work, in coming closer and going around, from its adopting or refusing through situations that are depicted. In that way opening possibilities to pose a question of one’s own aggression and the aggression of others, a question of passion, frustration and the state of neglect.
Vladimir Dražić for the catalogue of Pančevo Art Biennial 2008