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New Video, New Europe

A Survey of Eastern European Video
January 11 – February 22, 2004

 
Maja Bajevic
(Bosnia)
Double Bubble, 1999
3' 40
 
Addressing the camera, Bajevic repeats fictionalized statements belonging to an ideologue justifying acts of oppression and violence in the name of religion. Delivered in the first person, these statements are the same as those rationalizing atrocities committed during Yugoslavia's civil war. Set in rakishly lit, empty interiors, Double Bubble's tone is decidedly noirish. However, there is no crime. Bajevic's performance would constitute a confession were her delivery not so assured as to become matter-of-fact. She repeats the statement once on screen and once on voice-over. As one voice speaks to the viewer, the other speaks for the viewer. The contradictory logic of each statement is not being challenged but affirmed, making Double Bubble a portrait of psychological submission to orthodoxy despite hypocrisy.
 

   
   
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