Lenka Djorojević, Neža Jurman, Matej Stupica: Boxing Match
Surveillance camera footage, 2012, 7:04 min
Video documentation of the participatory opening performance of ‘Boxing Match’ conceived by artists Lenke Đorojević, Neže Jurman and Mateja Stupice taking place in August 2012 at Kresija Gallery, shows the transgression of violence in the public space. The artists had sculpted three bodies of mythological creatures (centaurs) with their own portrays to mock the mythological idea of the artist / genius. Taking the tradition of Mexican piñata, the visitors were asked to wear boxing gloves and smash the mythical creatures. The surveillance camera was recording the public's more or less violent outbursts presenting how violence may be formulated as a meter of customs and traditions or even as a meter of entertainment. The gallery space was shaped in an exaggerated central (renaissance) perspective and filled with citations by world-renowned artists. This was a comment on the role of artists in society, romanticizing their life while imposing control over their behavior and institutionalizing violence against precarious workers – and artists as one of them.
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