Ruta and the Monument, 2007, a work conceived during Poljak’s stay in the city of Berlin,
is a two- channel video installation with an accompanying printed text. It is an earlier work that also juxtaposes documentary and fictitious in an effort to narrate distincive but mutually fulfilling stories, this time revolving around the Holocaust. One part of Poljak’s installation is in fact inspired by a preface of Miljenko Jergovic’s 2006 novel Ruta Tannenbaum (reproduced and available for take away in the exhibition space)- a short story about a fifteen-year-old Jewish girl who wishes to be become invisible, and daydreams about traveling to India while in a cattle wagon of a train taking her to a Nazi camp. While traveling, she indulges in a sensual feeling of a cow licking her foot, affirming her pleasurable imagination. Poljak lyrically staged this particular fantasy. She created a surreal video representing a small foot underneath the sea, surrounded with turquoise water, being licked by a giant red cow tongue. The slow rhythm of this scene is accompanied only by sea sounds and flows, at moments similar to breathing rhythm.
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