Siniša Labrović is an artist of visual arts, body art and performances in public space, through which he addresses the neuralgic points of society in a critical and humorous way. He came to the Mladi Levi festival with a performative installation in which a closet became his temporary home.
The parable of a closet as an object located in the intimate part of our lives raises various considerations. Everyone has a skeleton hidden in their closet, whether it is our sexual orientation or a religious, political or ethical belief. We can also be forced to »live in the closet« by poverty, illness, the feeling that we are unwelcome in society, either because of our skin colour, our origin, or our personality… Another strong incentive for Labrović to act was the coronavirus pandemic, in which people became an imminent threat to each other by their very presence, where the complete absence of physical contact and confinement in our small »closets« are the ideal dystopia of life.
The closet that Siniša Labrović moved into on the first day of the festival stand in front of the court in the Miklošič Park, where homeless people – people who live their invisible lives off the social radar, in the »closets« of our society – have also found their home.
The hidden life of Siniša Labrović was broadcasted online 24–7, until the end of the festival, when he finally – came out of the closet.
Link to online broadcast from the closet was published at Bunker’s web site. www.bunker.si (Mladi levi 2021)
Premiere: August 20th, 2021 at 6 pm, Miklošičev park, in the frame of Mladi Levi Festival
- Author: Siniša Labrović
- Executive producer: Barbara Zonta
- Set design: Igra I2R
Supported by: Evropska unija – Program Ustvarjalna Evropa, Kultura, Create to Connect -> Create to Impact
Photo: Nada Žgank