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. 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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