Igor Josifov | Perforacije — artists database
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Igor Josifov

2010 Present Memories Predstaviti sjećanja

New York 2011 Present Memories Predstaviti sjećanja

Igor Josifov, a young and versatile Macedonian performer and visual artist, lives and works on the San Francisco – New York plane. His works are marked by diversity and the way he uses the human body as a medium to explore and share his views, comments and messages about the contemporary world. As a performance artist he uses all types of media to create his performances and to express himself. Often theatrical, and certainly visually expressive, and offering various metaphoric meanings, his work is based on psychoanalysis through perception and experiences of the world and the reality of culture, morals, and ethics. The subject of his work is dedicated to his own experience of being an artist and to social commentary.
Present Memories is a performance installation and the artist’s comment on the process of the different mental states that a performer goes through in each performance. Josifov performs and re-experiences selected symbolic works he performed in NYC during Armory week at the Tunnel space. In this work, an analogous collapsing of borders occurs between artist and form – after several years working in a range of media, Josifov has chosen his own body as the primary and essential medium. Josifov casts himself as a signifying body in a field of social semiotics, and uses performance and visual representation to explore psychoanalytic themes such as identity, death, loss, and the status of the ego in contemporary society.

Igor Josifov, mladi makedonski svestrani performer i vizualni umjetnik živi i radi na relaciji San Francisco – New York. Rad mu je obilježen raznolikošću i tijelom kao medijem za izražavanje svjetonazora i poruka kojima komentira i sažima suvremeni svijet. Često teatralni a svakako vizualno izražajni, njegovi multimedijalni performansi obiluju metaforičkim višeznačjem dok se, kako sam kaže, psihoanalitičkim pristupom percepciji i iskustvima svijeta te realnostima kulture, morala i etike, osvrće na vlastito iskustvo bivanja umjetnikom i komentira društvo u cjelini.
Present memories je performans-instalacija i komentar različitih mentalnih stanja kroz koje umjetnik prolazi za vrijeme svakog svog nastupa. Josifov izvodi kompilaciju svojih ranijih performansa i na taj način ih ponovno proživljava. Nakon višegodišnjeg rada koji uključuje eksperimentiranje čitavim nizom medija i kolaps granice između umjetnika i forme, Josifov se konačno odlučuje za svoje tijelo kao onaj idealan i primaran medij. U takvoj umjetničkoj koncepciji njegovo je tijelo vitalan značenjski element na polju socijalne semiotike koji u performansu i vizualnoj reprezentaciji zadobiva ključno mjesto polaska i istraživanja tematika identiteta, smrti, gubitka, te statusa ega u suvremenom društvu, kao i socijalno angažiranih tema obilježenih osobnim i umjetničkim komentarom.

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