The title Vertigo refers to the spin that the observer experiences on both a psychological and a physiological level in Maja Bajević’s piece. The installation is composed of three simultaneous projections; the observer is seized and held captive by the projections that surround him/her. The aim is to plunge the observer into a universe of vertiginous trauma; a whirlwind of images moves simultaneously, throwing the observer off balance. This action is sometimes interrupted by the opposite movement on one of the screens. The whirl is filmed by an expressive, experimental camera that reinforces the atmosphere of Angst. As the film continues, there is an increasing amount of digital interference, as if the medium itself had gone mad. Images from a psychiatric hospital are interwoven into the whirlwind projections in which inmates happily sing Hollywood classics like “As Time Goes By” (Casablanca). In Vertigo, the world is out of balance. As Kurosawa once said, “In a mad world only the mad are sane”.
b. 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lives and works in Paris. Maja Bajević is an artist who takes a critical and witty approach to art in order to pinpoint dualities in human behavior, in particular those involving power. The power of history is opposed to the power of choice and interpretation; collective memory to collective amnesia, objective accounts to subjective storytelling and imagination – as a construction in progress, fluid and unstable (the presence of scaffolding in her work is not fortuitous), whose shifts and derivations react to contradictory stimuli. Bajević’s work, performative in many ways, ranges from video, installation, performance and sound to text, crafts, machinery and photography. She has been invited to take part in some of the most important exhibitions of the 1990s and 2000s, including Documenta (2007), Manifesta (2000), and the Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001) Biennials. She has had solo exhibitions at Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011) • Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005) • P.S.1, MoMA, New York (2004) to mention but a few.