Solo exhibition “The less i know the better”
Belgrade Youth Center, Belgrade, Serbia
Curator: Teodora Jeremić
The exhibition “The Less I Know the Better” contextualizes the issue of freedom and choice, and examines the man’s responsibility as well as his (in)ability to take it. Torn between a myriad of options and allegedly free to choose any, man of today is in a very unenviable position. Used to instant solutions and general hiper availability, faced with the crucial issues of human existence, an individual turns out to be confused and achingly unprepared. This dichotomy between super-capable, multitasking being and completely incompetent man, a man in between, author is trying to represent.
Contemporaneity has brought us an opportunity to decide each morning what we are, how do we want to represent ourselves, which gender do we more feel like ours, what is our religion, how do we want to be perceived. We create ourselves and while on one hand we can do anything, on the other it feels like constant struggle with all the possibilities which we might not even need. More roads there are, less we know which one to take. A man is free to make whatever choice, but precisely by that possibility is paradoxically restrained, because all decisions he make, make him directly responsible and he alone bears the burden and consequences of his actions. We feel free until the moment where we have to choose, but choices, be they daily or life changing, could not be avoided, as well as consequences they bring. Speaking in Sartrean language, an individual is cursed by its freedom, from which is inseparable, and Slavica’s work, in very subtle and carefully constructed language implies answers to the question of whether and to what extent one feels satisfaction because of this freedom, or just on the contrary, its weight. Refusing to accept the real world where mistakes are not erased as easily as on social networks, the man often remains silent and inactive in front of serious issues, and chooses rather indifference, instead of making decision. By juxtaposing solid forms and non-defined shapes, Slavica has found a way to materialize the human need for solutions and answers, as well as tendency to consider waiting as natural state, instead of being proactive. Seemingly with two feet on the ground and steadily positioned, but actually undefinable and incomplete, Slavica’s people are simply waiting to be found. Equalized in their imperfections, some of the figures are complementary and only together form a third, hybrid, a little less imperfect but still incomplete bodies. Exempt from responsibility and action, these people are in passive, very personal quest for the truth.
VLADIMIR: Well? Are we going?
ESTRAGON: Yes, let’s go.
Both don’t move.