Video work, 4’33’’
Deflection (2009) performed in Naxos Bobine in Paris and subsequently in Belgrade, is conceived in a seemingly simple way. The artist is standing completely naked in front of a wall covered by a white canvas. One assistant from the audience is throwing eggs at her thus provoking her random movement, while the other is noting down every newly-formed position into which she is forced by outlining the contours of her body on the canvas. The rest of the activity resembles the investigation of a crime scene: it consists of rough silhouettes smeared by the remains and stains made by cracked eggs. The nudity, which in this case implies exposure and vulnerability, together with the helpless, puppet-like movements by which she tries to escape the eggs thrown from the audience, represent a dramatic self-portrait of the artist defeated in her activity. They also portray the pressures and the temptations she faces in her activity and, at the same time, the search for the constantly evasive – the point of support and liberation. In this case the described situation is presented in a recognizable, drastic manner, and its overcoming is expressed by the gesture of a liberating step forward – deflection.
Written by: Miodrag Danilović