Installation Father is a long-term project which launched in February 2014, and exhibited in a first setting in January 2015 in Vienna.

It involves the widely known ritual artifacts, to an audience within a specific tradition, that occur during the violent/joyfull ritual of tearing a shirt after childbirth. This act symbolically represents transition of a husband in emergent father, thus significantly changing his social status. This social act also includes a personal component, which is private and characteristic to members of the family with the unique attitude or status to be given to such an artifact. Emotional attachment is reflected in the fact that the artifact in the most cases remains preserved within the family after it has fulfilled its function.

Showing it once again to the public, the question is raised about the 'use' of the ritual artifacts after fulfilling a social function, as well as their meaning within the specific context.

At the Rungang presentation, one shirt from the archve was put in between two texts that reflect on its double status - artifact and an art work.

The context for their second presentation was related to the manner of their presentation, which, together with the text, referrs to their ̒aesthetic' aspect. By reducing or ̒upgrading,' the questions of the possibility of their ̒transition' to ̒ (artistic) object', is  raised alongwith other questions like who and on what basis is entitled to do so, and whether it is possible to change the fixed experience and attitude of visitors (especially those emotionally attached) towards such an artifacts.


Rundgang 2015. Thruway. Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Gallery Inex. Belgrade. 2015. 12x6m