OBSESSIVE REFLECTION
2:16, 2009, single channel, color

With Marusa Oblak, Music by Data Direct, Camera Andrej Lupinc, Edited by Zlatjan Cuckov and Natasa Prosenc
"Obsessive Reflection's musically progressive visual narrative closely follows the process of a woman choosing her outfit. As the tall, longhaired woman tries on a variety of clothing, the images accelerate into a free jazz decoupage of her bodily movements, ending with a cracked mirror and the close-up of her face. Throughout the story, the woman's face expresses intense focus, projected towards the mirror. However, she is not looking at the reflection of her elegantly clothed figure; instead, she gazes at her own imaginary screen, obsessively re-cycling and re-constructing the images of how "others" might perceive her. Once the intensity of her obsessive quest for the impossible perfection peaks, the mirror cracks, and her face breaks into an expression -- a smile. But this is not an ordinary smile. This is that devilish smile of a woman who cracked the code of internalized patriarchal order and broke free from it. Her face is free to reflect herself' instead of obsessively searching for its distorted reflection in the mirror."

Maja Manojlovic

  
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