The performance “Bazar” was made under the fundamental influence of system that prevailed on a particular food market placed in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. The prospect of people’s cultural development , as well as their self-awareness in reference to education or modernization has been demolished by deeply ingrained Soviet ideas which withstood any form of progress. As the result a continuity of old habits has gradually led to disastrous effects, intractable and hardly taken under consideration by collectivity. The issue that has always struck me there was a large scale of meat trading, sold without any hygienic norms, foisted to people, as a main product of consumption. The idea of neediness in meat, so strongly imposed, makes alternative of meat refusal being almost a taboo. Long rows of butchers hacking animal’s left overs in front of customers is a typical scene of every day routine. Obviously, I can’t turn any of them into a vegetarian, but what is in my power, to make them, for a few minutes, aware of opposite side of the medal they have never been worried about .Performances in public space have always attracted me by their never predictable reaction, participation of public and challenges they bring. It has always felt like particularly appropriate way of being heard.
The idea was to transfer a food market into space of a cinema hall. The video which I was projecting was an articulation of parts from the movie “Earthlings” by Joaquin Phoenix. “EARTHLINGS” is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals killed for food, fashion, their cubs, entertainment and medical research. Covering pet stores, puppy mills and animal professions, “Earthlings” includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some industries , all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism and speciesism.
I placed myself exactly in front of butchers’ row, on an armchair I had brought from home. Standing there, I held a sheet on which a movie was projected. In the mind’s eye, I presupposed for how long they would allow me to stand there.If to summarize peoples reaction, it was ranged between perplexity and momentary curiosity. Interplay lasted for as long as the context of the video was showed to the public. Then, fulminantly it transformed into malignant monologue of discontentment. On the 5th minute of performance a man pulled out a cabel of projector out of a socket.