One life to live, 2013, single-channel video, 4’15“
One life to live is a short film that combines photographs from the artist’s mother’s youth and video clips from her current, modest everyday life. The visual material is synchronized with an overlaid audio interview with pop icon and movie star Marilyn Monroe. The use of formalized documentation has inherent properties which, through the disruption of the context with a sort of ad hoc mimicry, created a prototype whose looks, posture, speech and behavior could be identified with normal people in any kind of environment.
Every cultural environment creates space for new interpretations of events. Monroe’s narrative thematizes the interests of capital, considers human nature compromised by ideological and political imperatives, as well as pop-cultural conventions. Using themes of wealth and the unpredictability of personal experiences, the film revitalizes the space between life and death, which is controlled by circumstance.
Jelena Bokić (1972, Belgrade) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She is a member of Association of Fine Artists of Serbia since 2011. Was resident as a guest student, Universität Deutsche Kunst, Berlin in 2006. After graduation, her work investigates and researches the contemporary environment, the circumstances of everyday life, and social pathology. Her interests include social roles she has experienced due to life circumstances. Her artistic opus is thematically synchronized and presented via different media (video, photography, painting, installation, digital graphic). Has had exhibitions in Serbia and abroad since 2002. Outside of exhibiting, she participates in video and mixed media festivals such as FAÇADE – International video festival – Plovdiv, Athens Video Art Festival -International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, International film Festival – Beldocs, Videomedeja, Novi Sad, etc. She lives and works in Belgrade.