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restraint (2016), installation view, l’étrangère gallery, London, 11.2017-01.2018, photo Andy Keate

restraint, 2016

Three-channel video installation, HD, 1’00”,
dimensions variable, no sound, looped;
100x80cm, digital print on baryta paper, framed

In 2017 awarded Ivan Juritz Prize in London and Grand Prix at the Young Art Biennale in Poland.

Two men in nazis uniforms present to the camera how to incapacitate civilian with bare hands. Calm anticipation followed by position-taking, then few ef cient moves and pause at the end of the sequence. Re-enacted choreography of struggling bodies balances between theatre and documentary (participants are members of historical reconstruction groups) emphasising the role of the body as the vessel for both the good clean fun and catalyst of involuntary violence. Though looking and lasting almost the same at the first sight, each video is another try of restraint. Triplication is fakebut repetition triggers a search for differences by gazing at the images thus involving viewer into this choreographic rehearsal for spectacle of abuse.

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restraint (2016), installation view, l’étrangère gallery, London, 11.2017-01.2018, photo Andy Keate

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