Arbre Magique

Arbre Magique I, 2000, site-specific installation, slide projection, graphoscope projection, Merdith’s house, Boston, USA

Arbre Magique I, 2000, site-specific installation, slide projection, graphoscope projection, Merdith’s house, Boston, USA

Arbre Magique II, 2000, site-specific installation, slide projection, overhead projection, Summer Street, Boston, USA

Arbre Magique II, 2000, site-specific installation, slide projection, overhead projection, Summer Street, Boston, USA

Rear-view mirror is a favourite and most practical place to hang a variety of articles that bear some meaning to its owner. The thing that drew my attention the most was the mass passion for rosaries as a symbol of faith and national affiliation with the purpose to protect and bring good luck. The most common thing hanged next to rosary is a (pine-shaped) air freshener by the name “Arbre Magique” (magic tree), but there are also various other things hanging, like dolls, CDs, tiny shoes, club emblems, flags etc. During the art exchange programme with Mobius art group from Boston, I made a site-specific installation of an American car where I projected (from the inside, on the “windshield”) slides taken in Zagreb (of rosaries that hang on rear-view mirrors, as symbols of faith and national affiliation), and on the back I displayed a sentence by head projector that read “Do Not Make, Serve, Bow Down to Images.

 


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