“…And I sit here without identity: faceless. My head aches. There is history to read –
centuries to comprehend before I sleep, millions of lives to assimilate…”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Obsession is an international collaborative project with Nita Cavolli and Ana Lazarevska from Macedonia whose main concerns are self-representation and obsessions of contemporary life.
What does “being obsessed” represent today?
How is obsessed behavior in relation to national identity, social life and culture
These issues are not new, however the character and types of obsessions in terms of the development of technology and new media have changed. The perception of the self, with its actualization in social media, gains a whole new dimension.
Therefore, the project develops three levels of representation – cultural diversity in relation to memory, national constructs and identity; the perception of the individual in relation to oneself and others; the effects social media have on identity determinants.
Instead of cultivating the representation of identity as a fixed determinant, one should view it as a never-completed and never-finished process, but always constituted in representation. This point of view also problematizes authority and authenticity in regards to cultural and national identity.
In this view, the works are positioned subversively in relation to the imposed vision of female identity and expose the struggle for personal liberation from stereotypes of idealized femininity, through the incarnation of the self that is aggressive and objectively convincing.