Pictures that are there to remain – rebellion against the poor pictures, 2012
Trust, video, color, sound, 2’37’’
Courtesy of the artist
“Poor pictures of the contradictory modern bunch: its opportunism, narcissism, desire for autonomy and creation, inability to focus and decide, readiness to break the regulations followed by a want to be subjected.” ( Hito Steyerl)
The video Trust is a game of subtle manipulation in order to document “the unexpected” by approaching random passers-by and asking them to ‘trust them to shoot me with a camera for a few seconds’. This sets them into an unforeseen position as they are asked to use a video camera unlike a standard photographic camera.
The piece is interwoven with elements of self-representation – the narcissism of the author, who, as a manipulator (opportunist), subjects the participants to documentarism and involuntarily encourages them to reveal their own sensitivity in the way they direct the camera. Violating regulations or conventions is frequent, from the gypsy trade and visit to the illegal flee market , to the standards of portrayal and the talent of the person filming. Nevertheless, everything is devoted to a “higher aim” – capturing images that last, even if they are of conventionally lesser visual quality and sound; provoking thought, redefining borders, evoking empathy and inspiration.
* Some segments of the work’s description referring to Hito Steyerl’s definition of poor pictures use a caricature tone as a source of rebellion.
Sandra Đukić ( 1986, Belgrade, Serbia) after graduating from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design also completes a master’s degree in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in London in 2013. Djukic currently works worked as a graphic designer and visual artist1, participating in different local and international art exhibitions and film festivals.