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Nature & Society and more art by Slaven Tolj

Nature & Society, 2002
40 x 50 cm (h x w)
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Performance Nature & Society presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, was based on
a spectacular act of relativisation of the traditional family, and, in a broader sense, also of social hierarchy. In
the performance the naked Slaven Tolj assumed the demeanor of a fighting animal and stubbornly attacking
his own shadow on the wall for several minutes using the antlers of a dear until they were completely
destroyed. He inherited the antlers as a symbolic legacy from his grandfather, who took it during the Second
World War from a package of official presents designated to the Italian fascist leader Mussolini. Tolj used
this rather absurd starting situation for a compact and aesthetically pointed criticism of the historic residua of
Balkan nationalism, the recent war events connected with the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and last but not
least the patriarchal hierarchy latently present in the Croatian (mostly catholic) milieu



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Nature & Society, 2002
40 x 50 cm (h x w)
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