Smart, bad girls

Margareta Jelić
September 5th - 18th, 2005

Multimedia installation by Margareta Jelić is focused on the relation between the mother and the child in the period of pre-Oedipal ties of a mother with a child, and on the process of fetishizing the child, which a mother conveys in order to decrease the lack she feels because of the inevitable separation from the child and substitute it.

Relying on the psychoanalytical theories (Freud and Lacan), and taking into consideration the work of Marry Kelly on the same topic, the author aims to point with this project to the importance of the pre-Oedipal period in the life of every woman. Structurally, the project is being realized in the space in three segments, comprising of the Behind the stage video work, An Interactive book, upon whose pages other video works of the author are being shown, and the work in which audio recordings in an interactive process with the audience control the image and photographs. All these works make one project and their relation in respect of content, media, and the dimensions provide with an atmosphere of an installation in whose range the viewer is not passive, but is being navigated from one work to the other in an active manner, as in a store or a mini-fair, moving from one to another work, turning the pages of the book and putting on and off the earphones.

Margareta Jelić was born in 1967, Belgarde. She graduated painting from the Faculty of Applied Arts in 1992, Belgarde. From 1992 until 1995 she lives with the temptation of living in the monasteries of Sv. John the Baptist, Essex, Great Britain, and Gradac, Serbia, where she deals with the iconography and Jesus’ prayer. In 1996 she married for Vladan Stanojlović with whom she has been married until 2003. They have a daughter Teodora Stanojlović, 1999. Since 1997 she has been a member of ULUS and ULUPUDS. She exhibits in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. In 2003 she enrolled Interdisciplinary Master’s Degrees at the University of Art in Belgrade, the group for Multimedia Arts. This is her master’s exhibition.