Iva Kontic

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Balkan Flambé
2009
mono-channel video
16:9, color - sound
2’ 19”

Balkan Flambé is an allegorical work that combines the synesthetic and symbolic quality of objects and food together with the performative aspect of physical action to comment the recent conflicts in the Balkans.
While food, music, fire, and "cooking" shape a minimal and deliberately obvious narration, Balkan Flambé displaces the direct experience of its 'conveyed' subject towards a more indirect and formal dimension – relating in particular to the history of art - the vanitas in the painting tradition, and certain performances of Marina Abramovic.