16 September 2021 > 16 October 2021 Kindly invited to the mini online exhibition "Blue Bib" by Fart Attack made within Unfamiliar Area project.
The author exhibits under the pseudonym Fart Attack. Her artistic spectrum consists of themes of feminism, activism, performative and street art. This time, she is exhibiting a puppet from the stop-motion animation. The puppet, a hybrid of a surveillance camera and a police officer, is made of cardboard and is about 40 cm in size. It deals with the topic of video surveillance in the public space or British CCTV, i.e., closed-circuit television or internal television systems, which are intended for control. In the countries such as Great Britain, Venezuela, China and Hong Kong, police and state institutions started to increasingly use video surveillance of their citizens, and similar tendencies are increasingly expressed in our space too. Surveillance cameras are often used for the identification of protesters against existing political regimes. CCTV is one of the semi-legal means of control, punishment, and intimidation of inhabitants, individuals, and protesters. The right to privacy is a basic human right, which has been easily circumvented by some state apparatuses. Abuses of this right were evident during the protests in Hong Kong, Venezuela, and Slovenia. In Hong Kong, more than three million people protested against a new law on the extradition of individuals who fled China. Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, which with its CCTV system searched, identified, and punished those who protested against the new law. In Slovenia, similar violations by the police were reported during the protests against the current government. The artist thus tackles a topic that is globally problematic, but increasingly relevant in our country as well.