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Larisa David - Eggs

2:30, 2012, Video Art
The piece, Eggs, has a ritualistic form in which the action of breaking is repeated over and over, reminding us of the habit of destroying objects on New Year’s Eve, in some cultures, to purify oneself. The eggs employed in the work, are filled with confetti, making the moment of them breaking sensational, but also commenting on the sensationalism of destruction with no point seen on screen.
DirectorLarisa David

CountryRomaniaEdition2012 BudgetLimited budget

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Interview

Who is Larisa David?
Born in 1988, in Targu-Mures, Romania. I live and work in Bucharest, Romania.
I work with video, installation, photo-collages and photography.


What is Eggs about?
Eggs has a ritualistic form in which the action of breaking is repeated over and over, reminding us of the habit of destroying objects on New Year’s Eve, in some cultures, to purify oneself. The eggs employed in the work, are filled with confetti, making the moment of them breaking sensational, but also commenting on the sensationalism of destruction with no point seen on screen.


How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I started working with video, at first, because i was interested in the mechanical aspect of moving images. This interest grew in an exploration of time, performativity and repetition, in an attempt to trivialize actions, to center on the sisyphean aspect of life. I started using repetition and loops because I find them powerful and obsessive, relating to specific psychological impulses and at another level, mimicking the continuous loop of images and gestures in our culture.
I have a background in art receiving a Bachelor Degree in 2010, in Fine Arts after studying Photography, Video and Digital Image Processing at the University of Art, Bucharest and in 2012 I received my Master Degree at the University of Art, Bucharest.


Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
I am interested in the line between fiction and lived life, between nonsense and sense; the way life is portrayed in narratives and plots of mainstream forms, interrogating the behaviors and values that are absorbed and used in local contexts. Because many behaviors are normalized by media and arguably we are raised by entertainment industry, I take a look at, and confront popular visual culture: films, commercials and music videos, in search for the hidden meaning in the media’s official discourse.
I am also interested to insert in my work juxtaposing elements to explore banality, creating images that are built on tension and confusion. I insert new possibilities, détourned domestic objects and actions to form an altered reality gravitating around chaos and order.

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