The video, “Gap” papers over paradox and contradiction and incorporates diverse elements within a single work of art to explore the metaphor of imprisonment.
The project was conceived for and filmed in the abandoned male penitentiary in Maribor used to imprison political dissidents from 1889 to 1945. It immerses itself in questions of freedom, penalty, uniformity, crime, crossing the line– the gap between an individual and socially constructed reality. The video ponders the question of reality through the symbols of scapegoats and through the light and dark that are the images of the imprisonment metaphor; the darkness of the individual cell and its opposite, Bentham's model of the Panopticon, a prison where the light of observation is upon the incarcerated without their awareness of the surveillance.
To achieve this effect, scenes are influenced by two of Caravaggio’s greatest paintings, Judith in Holofernes and St.John the Baptist. Like them, the video combines sensuality with melancholy through use of chiaroscuro effects. Caravaggio’s startling contrast between black and white softens and relativizes the polar saint/executioner opposition. The light of faith and illumination and the darkness of desolation and unbelief move much closer together. The film’s emotional effect becomes conditional.
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