Anđela Srejić – Street and street faces

Koče Popovića 9

The project “Street and street faces” was made as a master thesis by Anđela Srejić, the student of the Faculty of Applied Arts.

The work contains unique scenography (unspecified urban space measuring 70x70x50cm), three figures (mini-sculptures with an average height of 30cm), as well as three photographs of each figure taken from different angles.

Figures are made with a combined technique of ceramic heads and hands, while the limbs are made of wire, sponge, and suits are hand sewn. The street and park surroundings were also made of various materials, styrofoam, textile, and wood.

A street is a two-faced place: an exterior that changes very slowly and passers who greatly affect its appearance or poetically speaking: its spirit. Street beauty – orderliness of parks, magnificent architectural buildings or lights, can affect on passers mood, but also with a wide range of passers’ feelings can affect on the street “spirit”.

This work randomly selects three by-passers, who walked through the park.

Three figures “Lost lady”, “Man with long sleeves”, and “Man heavier than a balloon”, although placed in the same space and time, they reflect three essentially different feelings, which in their counterpoint create a unique “Street spirit”.

The expression of the lady’s face indicates the confusion of the search. Looking for more (The Lady is fanciest dressed among the figures), with hands raised towards the sky, the lady’s face deforms in the grimace and gives the impression of congestion and confusion.

Unlike Lady, the expression of the Man with long sleeves gives a somewhat greater impression of peace, which is apparent, which confirms the position of his body in a difficulty sustained a place to balance, as well as the disorientation of his view. His impotence and passivity are implied by long sleeves, caused by a problem that remains a secret for the viewer.

The figure “Man heavier than a balloon”, unlike the two previous figures, represents the man holding the treads with half popped balloons. Although it’s paradoxical, these colorful balloons make a true balance, both in body position and on facial expression. His eyes reflect the amount of air in the ballon, and the weight of his spirit is supported by the very joy of the balloon for children. The weight from the title does not point to the generally known fact, but the one which is usually hidden: People often become lighter than balloons.

The characters are not beautiful, but they are certainly interesting in their imperfections, the integrity of details that undoubtedly point to psychological precision.

Although at first glance the choice of the motive is non-intuitive, this work raises a key question: in the world where we rarely notice the faces of the people, how much are we able to observe (and present) their differences, not only of the physical characteristics but also the emotional one? This “non-inventiveness” or everydayness in this work was put before a test: how is it possible to observe differences? The answer given in this work is simple: by devoting time to the character.

The photo segment has a dual function. On the one side confrontation “directed” with reality (how much we actually get used to today’s video content that emphasizes the reality for chosen perspective), on the other side, different shooting angles put a viewer into the role of the sculpture: observing the characters from different perspectives to create a unique image. The shooting angle was not chosen randomly. We pass three levels of each character, starting from the details, through the large (medium to large) towards the general plan: the one who thinks he is, the one who wants to be, and the one who is.