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Where is the Limit?: Video works by Sasa Tatic

Born in Banja Luka in 1991, Sasa Tatic graduated from The Academy of Arts, Department of Graphics of Banja Luka University in 2014. Equally as active in graphics as in new media, she is currently completing her masters at the Bauhaus University, Department of Public Art and New Artistic Strategies. We asked her to reflect on her practice whilst bringing new meanings to her personal contemporary feminisms.

Liberation, Video Work, 1:55, Courtesy of the Artist

Where is the Limit?, Video Work, 8:48, Courtesy of the Artist

Through questioning the functional behaviour patterns that become a reflection of the culture of the individual, I use myself as a filter that selects specific skills of reaction in situations arising in the dimension of the present time and space. Material and behavioural elements of contemporary transitional society I use as resources for artistic practice. The reactions and adaptations to everyday situations unified by mentality and temperament of the community are the core of the basis from which I start exploring through myself the whole of society to which I belong.

In general, I am analysing the experiences and perceptions that create relations to the outside world, which are not infrequently determined by mentality of the community and mass expressed by individual application. Acquired and learned behaviours I am trying to convey through my own experience and translate it into artistic expression. In this sense, I use art as a tool that redefine definitions that determine my identity through cognition of archaeology of society and the environment in which I live.

Sometimes poetic, sometimes an archaic and satirical picture of the society that changes in accordance with the time, becomes an inexhaustible source of ideas which I realise through the media of video, performance, photography and installation, and in the sphere of art create new meaning and emphasise view of reality from my own angle formed on the basis the acquired knowledge and experience.

I do not consider myself as a feminist artist, but I do think that all women artists are inherently feminists because we create works directly informed by our point of view.

I think that globalisation and universalism play a big role in contemporary feminism, I would like to use the words of Frederic Jameson to reflect on this. ‘Philosophical debate about universals could be best illustrated socially and politically. The most dramatic practical instantiation of debate on universals may be found in the areas of feminism and gender preference, for to assert universal rights for women is also necessarily to challenge cultures in which a subordinate status of women is prescribed. Such cultures attribute a subordinate essence to women, and are hereby essentialist in the most fundamental ways. Yet the philosophical problem lies precisely here, in the fact that the doctrine of universal human rights is itself a doctrine of universals and thereby implicitly also an essentialist one.’

 

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