The Cycle

Repeating Jesus or The Life of Boris

"Why would anyone repeat the sacrifice of Jesus nowadays? It seems to me that this is quite unnecessary. On one hand, isn't this a superstition from the Middle Ages, ticked of by centuries of European anti-Semitism and religious proscription? On the other hand, if you accept the Bible as a collection of facts, and not just an entertaining story, then there is definitely no need for repetition. Once is quite enough. Hasn't Jesus already lived, suffered and died for our sins, thus freeing us from this obligation? Nevertheless, this is exactly what Boris Sribar is doing in his video The Cycle. Producing everyday situations that resemble accepted conceptions about the life of Jesus. He records his usual daily activities - such as a diner incidentally with 12 of his friends, taking a bath or going for a walk. However, the closer we get to the moment in which these actions start looking like biblical scenes, the image drops to slow-motion and ends in a freeze-frame. This work questions the new Orthodox-Christian paradigm among intellectuals and artist of the younger generation as the mild right-wing ideology that is latently forming the political scene in Serbia today. There is also some ironic self-mythologisation, which characterises the artist's previous work. His "normal" everyday look (hair and beard) looks like a crossover between Jesus and a samurai.

So, he's not the Messiah. He's just a very naughty boy!?

Posted by borissribar on February 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM 1131 Views

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