Works : Performance and Intervention

SZ-ZS PERFORMANCE

2005
BORYANA ROSSA, OLEG MAVROMATTI
documentation by ULTRAFUTURO
Performed at: Sofia City Art Gallery

 

My partner stitches my body to my mirror image with a surgical thread. The audience is located behind the mirror and is able to see only my arm and leg stick out through the mirror. The action also can be observed on a monitor placed nearby. The transmission comes from a camera mounted on Oleg’s head. At the end, the audience is invited to come to the other side of the mirror and see me.
SZ-ZS Performance is a visual interpretation of Lacan’s “imaginary, symbolic and real” concepts. The piece is an attempt to expose these three concepts simultaneously.
If the imaginary is the mirror image, and the symbolic is our language-determined social existence, or our actual body, which people see, then the real will be the inconceivable, physically non-existing border between the mirror reflection and the flesh of the artist.
The attempt to reify this non-physical connection is painful and infeasible.

SERIES OF FIVE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS, MOUNTED ON WOOD, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE