Title of the project: A PART OF ME
Type of Art Project: An Art Exhibition (photos and short videos as a
part of the video performance)
„ YOUR PERCEPTION OF ME IS A REFLECTION OF YOU,
MY REACTION TO YOU IS AN AWARENESS OF ME“
It’s often heart that artists live in their own world, that they are
different from the others. But the artist, as everyone else, are part of
the societal life and often times their expression is a reflection of
the ongoing social changes in the society.
The project is carried out by two artists who live in the Pelagonia
region. In this part of Macedonia the tobacco is still one of the main
sources of income for many families.
There are many artist from this region in whose works the tobacco has
been the main theme.
Ferdi comes from a rural environment, and has been directly involved
with the production of the tobacco since he was a child . Darko, on the
other hand, coming from a town, has never been directly involved, but is
well familiar with the entire process of tobacco cultivation due to the
environment. One artist is of Turkish and the other of Macedonian
nationality, which further enriches their artwork.
In the project ‘Part of me’ the sackcloth (a rough cloth used when
packing the dried out tobacco) is taken to be the main material. The
sack cloth carries the smell of the tobacco and it sticks to it in the
same way that it sticks to the people who work with it in the fields.
Ferdi uses the sack cloths as his second skin because the skin is, in a
way, a memory of life. He faced the hardship brought about by tobacco
production when still a child, so the photographs and videos portray
that. Pressed between the smell and the weight of the tobacco he is
trying to get rid of them. No matter how strong and complete the
separation, it leaves marks. That is the reason why in some photographs
the’ second skin’ is shown and this time the material is a cling film.It
is actually a symbol of the marks the society lives on a person. The
difficult conditions, inevitably lead to people trying hard find a way
out. They are trying tо escape the smell of the tobacco leaves and the
firm grip of the sack cloth.
Darko has been experimenting with his skin condition (which he
incidentally discovered) for the last 2 years. Demography (or skin
painting/ drawing) has become his medium of expression. This is how
Darko sees it:
The skin is a covering of the body that both ‘protects us from others
and exposes us to them. What I find interesting from the book "Thinking
through the skin" by Sarah Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, is a thinking that
reflects, not on the body as the lost object of thought, but on
inter-embodiment, on the mode of being-with and being-for, where one
touches and is touched by others. That how my skin become reflection of
Often his artwork is related with his attempts to espouse the other
people emotions and interpret them in his own way – walk in other
peoples’ shoes. The Macedonian proverb for the same would be roughly
translated as ‘ to be/live in someone else’s skin’, so in this project
the artist does just that: He is using his skin to interpret the other
artist emotions, at the same time interweaving his own.