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New Video, New Europe

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

 
Hajnal Nemeth
NataSsa, 2000
1' 30
 
Nemeth thinks of her short pieces (often looped) as wallpaper. Shunning special effects, she relies on gestures and actions that can be read both forward and backward like a Mobius strip. In NataSsa, a mysterious figure dressed in black, strolls through a pasture. Upon passing a large orthodox cross, hewn in marble, she is inexplicably pulled in reverse, arms outstretched in cruciform position and lifted from the ground. More than the spell or the grip of religion, this is Christianity come again as a tractor beam. Forever the prankster, Nemeth placed a subliminal message in the title a la Led Zeppelin, exploiting the stereotype of the region as deeply superstitious.
 

   
   
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