book, video/sound installation, prints
Re-assembling theoretical references, literary sources and personal observations, Ana Hušman cinematograhically portrays the environment of a living room, and plays with different levels of realities (from the maquette recomposition towards the real-life frames of her living room). The key protagonists, artist’s collaborators as well as the artist herself, could be living there now, could have lived there at a certain point, or may just start to inhabit the specific space. In that specific procedure, a film collaborator becomes a film subject, never just a mere actor, the living room becomes a model for an ongoing exercise in multiple retelling styles, and the overall film structure deploys itself in an extended film-exhibition installation.
But, while life itself crawls out of the space of the representation, the artist herself, nevertheless, offers us enough self-critical tools to keep us at a safe distance from the mere ‘magic of the cinema’. And, while we move safely within and out of the artist’s working notes, collective recordings, text and sounds, all these separate elements help us re-establish the well deserved balance between poetry, collective reflection processes and spatial components that shape us.