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Naked Life - Performance by Olja Grubic (Via Negativa)
Naked female figures are looking for a place in the audience, on stage, along the walls of the venue. The show is dominated by grinding vegetables; performers grate carrots, zucchini and cucumbers in sexually marked positions. Woman as a housewife and sexual object in a single act. At the same time, fragments of the performer’s mental stream unfold on the soundtrack.
‘Naked Life’ invites us to rethink what it means to be a living species in a living world, to have a body, conditions of existence, possibility of life? Ideology is not the answer. Life is beyond that. Through poetic language, “Naked Life” visualizes the intimacy of the living presence of the human body and the dynamic between its physical, mental and emotional existence.
After each performance, the performers write their own stream of thoughts that arise during the scene of grating vegetables.
Idea and concept: Olja Grubić
Performers: Olja Grubić, Anita Wach, Kristina Aleksova, Sara Horžen, Anja Novak, Ena Kurtalić, Lana Zdravković
Music: Eduardo Raon; contains also fragments from works by Gustav Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Were – Der Abschied and C. P. E. Bach: Solfeggietto
Visual design: Olja Grubić
Artistic direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Producer: Špela Trošt
Public relations: Sara Horžen
The performance was conceived by Olja Grubić in the Via Negativa laboratory for contemporary performance art – VN Lab 2019.