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Bilo bi lepo učiniti nešto politički, 2002.
It would be nice to do something political
, 2002


Camilla Martens

Born 1969 in Norway
lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Toril Goksøyr

Born 1970 in Norway
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

It would be nice to do something political, 2002
Installation view

It would be nice to do something political is theatre with a storyline that lasts for fourteen days. It can look like an everyday happening, but the longer it lasts the more the audience and people passing by will have to question the action taking place.

The aesthetics of the photograph refers to the glossy photography of advertising. The artists are depicted in decadent postures, gazing directly out at the viewer. This enacted situation is intended as a parody of campaigns such as those produced by H&M or PEPSI – visual promotion in which reference to specific products is toned down or avoided in favour of an intensified focus on the relevant brand name or the persons involved. The text, or dialogue, is open to various interpretations. It can be understood as a send up of the political hypocrisy of advertising, but it can also be read as an attack on an art world, which for reasons of pure vanity chooses to adopt a correct attitude with regard to political agendas. The dialogue can also be taken as a commentary on Norway’s role in Europe. Norway has a strong desire to be seen as a helpful nation in the global context, yet it keeps its own borders closed. In a similar vein, the image and the activity of the immigrant worker can be seen as a description of Europe. A Europe governed by white women and men, who strive to ensure that their corner of the world retains its economic sovereignty, that its borders remain almost impenetrable, and that those who are granted residence must make do with the kinds of work that no-one else wants. That work might involve cleaning a window while knowing perfectly well that one will never be allowed to get behind it to participate in the events happening on the other side.

Goksøyr & Martens

Biographies

Toril Goksøyr was born in 1970 in Oslo and Camilla Martens in 1969 in Oslo, Norway.
Both live and work in Oslo, Norway. Toril Goksøyr studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway, at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany, and at the Desmond Jones School of Physical Theatre in London, Great Britain. Camilla Martens studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway, at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany, and at the National School of Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and also in Oslo, Norway. Their latest exhibitions were The troll and the fisher girl at Fotogalleriet in Oslo, Norway in 2003, Cinderella at the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway, in 2004, also as Bed Piece at F.I.N.D.- Schaubühne in Berlin, Germany.

Kamila Martens
Rođena 1969. godine u Norveškoj.
Živi i radi u Oslu, Norveška.

Toril Goksejr
Rođen 1970. godine u Norveškoj.
Živi i radi u Oslu, Norveška.

Bilo bi lepo učiniti nešto politički, 2002.
Instalacija

Rad Bilo bi lepo učiniti nešto politički je pozorišna predstava čija radnja traje četrnaest dana. To može izgledati kao svakidašnji događaj, ali što duže on traje, tim će više posmatrači i prolaznici morati da preispituju ono što se tu dešava.

Estetika fotografije odnosi se na sjaj reklamnih fotografija. Umetnici su prikazani u dekadentnim pozama, kako gledaju pravo u posmatrača. Namera je da se prikazanom situacijom parodiraju reklamne kampanje, poput onih koje sprovode H&M, ili PEPSI – vizuelna promocija kojom se diskretno naznačuju određeni proizvodi, ili se sasvim izbegava njihovo pominjanje, a pažnja je usredsređena na relevantni brend, ili na osobe u vezi sa njim. Tekst, ili dijalog, ostavlja mogućnost više interpretacija. Može se shvatiti kao parodija na račun političke hipokrizije reklame, ali se takođe može čitati i kao napad na umetnički svet, koji iz puke taštine bira ispravne stavove u vezi sa političkim programima. Ovaj dijalog se, takođe, može shvatiti i kao komentar na račun uloge Norveške u Evropi. Norveška silno želi da se na nju gleda kao na zemlju koja je umnogome od pomoći u globalnom kontekstu, ali svoje granice drži zatvorene. U sličnom duhu, lik i delovanje radnika imigranta može se posmatrati kao opis Evrope. Evrope kojom vladaju beli muškarci i žene, koji nastoje da obezbede da njihov kutak sveta zadrži svoj ekonomski suverenitet, da njihove granice ostanu skoro neprobojne, a da oni koji dobiju dozvolu boravka moraju da se zadovolje poslovima koje niko drugi neće. Među takve poslove može spadati pranje prozora, s tim da je čovek savršeno svestan da mu nikada neće biti dozvoljeno da pređe sa druge strane i učestuje u onome što se tamo dešava.

Goksejr & Martens

Biografije

Toril Goksejr rođen je 1970. u Oslu a Kamila Martens 1969. u Oslu, Norveška. Oboje žive i rade u Oslu, Norveška. Toril Goksejr studirao je Akademiji likovnih umetnosti u Oslu, Norveška, na Hochschule der Künste u Berlinu, Nemačka, i na Desmond Jones School of Physical Theatre u Londonu, Velika Britanija. Kamila Martens studirala je na Akademiji likovnih umetnosti u Oslu, Norveška, na Hochschule der Künste u Berlinu, Nemačka, i na Nacionalnoj pozorišnoj skoli u Kopenhagenu, Danska, a takođe i u Oslu, Norveška. Njihove poslednje izložbe bile su The troll and the fisher girl u Fotogalleriet u Oslu, Norveška, 2003. godine, Cinderella u Nacionalnom teatru u Oslu, Norveška, 2004. godine, takođe pod nazivom Bed Piece u F.I.N.D.- Schaubühne u Berlinu, Nemačka.