Protest 1 | 2019
Protest1 is performance held in Ulicna Gallery in 2019. I made about 70 protest signs containing absurd statements and gave them to the public at the show opening. While interested in giving the passive spectator an active role, I wanted to use the audience to make an impotent protest, one that will subversively not succeed in communicating the important message to the positions of power, and to bring into discussion the issue of declining freedom of speech in Serbia at the time. The protest signs were given to the audience as a gift, so everyone made their own protest walk from the safe gallery space to their homes, entering the real context of the city (perceived as unsafe) where I think my art became most powerful. After 2 hours the performance was over, and everyone left home. The second part of the exhibition was the documentation of the performance which was at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Are we a collective body protesting for a change, or individuals obsessed with the image of a change. And as such deriving pleasure from the idea of participation?