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Sunday, 13 September 2009 02:00

Past Present Permanent

By  Igor Josifov

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Macedonian-born Josifov performed this art piece at the Waterfront, 222 12th Ave, during the Bridge Art Fair in New York City on Thursday, March 5th, 2009.

Josifov focussed on his most important and primary medium — his body, to communicate his own experience and comment on the general concept of self. Part of the project involved an installation of blurred silkscreen faces, enhanced by the echoes of rhythmic corporeal sounds. The sound was from the last voice mail received by Josifov from Renata G, an artist who remains in a coma with a traumatic brain injury sustained March 9, 2008, as she rode her bicycle to work on her pending show at California College of the Arts. Josifov shaved his head and had a line tattooed on his scalp between the two halves of his brain, representing absent memories and loss. In this ritualistic performance, Josifov marked the one year anniversary since the accident. This allowed him to work through the mental stages of the shocking loss of his friend and collaborator in life and work.
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