Terrorist Treatment

In this performance Yelena enters an exhibition opening with a suitcase, then proceeds to change clothes and body paint herself red. This action belongs to a series of performances inspired by suicide bombers. Yelena plays with the unexpected factor, as she is not perceived as a terrorist, but this is the relation she implies with her actions. She wants to make the public aware of their vulnerability. If Yelena was a real terrorist carrying a bomb, the public may have end up dead as the result of this exhibition. Yelena wants to detract attention from the stigma of terrorism belonging to the Middle East and underline that it can happen anywhere, to anybody. We should be aware of our mortality and vulnerability to be more mindful of life. She continues the performance by placing designer fashion as obstacles on the floor that attempt to irritate the public to emphasize the terrorist aspect. The clothes on the floor combined with price tags written on cardboards mock the inaccessibility of the fashion system to a young designer.

  • Art/Design/Styling
  • Year: 2012
  • Medium: performance
  • Duration: 1 hour, video 33 min