small crimes

T. M.
A. G. A. I. A. M.B. K.D. M.D. M.E. P. H. A.I. G. L. K.L. V.M.A.M. Y. N. I. T. M. V. Sh.Y. A. Y. K.
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Small Crimes

2016 - 2018

photograms by involved participants, 30x24 сm


There is an amoral being, which lives inside every human being and it prokoves basic instincts, aggressive behavior, destructive impulses, corruption and tendancy to fall in states of spiritual dependence. Occasionaly these hidden paths of deprivation remind of themselves and brind an intense conflickts with inner urge for freedom, rise of mercy and grace. I wanted to co-experience these hidden drives and inner conflicts in other people and the way they deal with them. Since the summer of 2016 I have invited 25 people to participate in a transgressive experiment. Each of them had to break three wine glasses - kneeling down on the ground with a stone or hammer, performing an action of force and irreversibility, close to initiation. The project was presented to the participants in the conceptual frame of “experimental study of creative aggression“. However, it initated transgrasive experience and each participant acted in a different way, expressing his emotions, thoughts, doubts and insights, fear and excitement about the creative process.
I introduced the participants to my photo darkroom in a very subtle light and asked them to break the glasses with an instrument of their choice. My selection was a big river stone, marble paver, big steel hammer, small hammer, pliers, awl, whetstone, crusher, iron stick, huge iron chain. After the damage was done, the participants were asked to compose the particles of each broken glass on a piece of photosensitive paper, which I exposed and developed as a photogram.

After the participation I had a conversation with each one and I got some profound comments on the nature of social degeneration, stories about role games, thoughts on glass industry, psychological analysis of aggression and anger, even sexual backgrounds. Visual artists turned out to be very concrete on explanations about their choice of instrument and spontaneous composition. In the notes many of the participants - consciously or not, had shared a fear or a subtle feeling on the transgressive nature of their action. Fewer felt the experiment was a game or relaxation practice. Some people were not happy with breaking glasses, but they were very creative in arranging the broken pieces. Some sorted them by size and shape. Others didn’t want to arrange the pieces and preferred to leave them in their chaotic piles.