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Artist Licking the Heels of the Members of the Audience

Siniša Labrović is well known to local audiences as a socially active performer whose works always carry a measure of refined humor. In the performance titled Artist Licking the Heels of the Members of the Audience (first performed in 2005), Labrović literally, with no restraint, licks the heels of the audience. The work is a part of a series of actions that convey well-known Croatia phrases like "licking the heels" or "walking on thorns", one of the actions attempting to engage at a more intense level with the audience, stirring up emotion. Although the artist is sucking up to his audience, literally licking it's heels, the turn of the phrase is s turn from subordination to a position of psychological supremacy. The discomfort felt by the audience during the physical encounter of the artist's tongue with never clean enough feet, and the unexpectedness of the situation allows for this shift.

Artist Licking the Heels of the Members of the Audience, 2. Biennale kvadrilaterale BQ_2 - Culture hero, MMSU, Rijeka, 2007, photographed by Diana Zrilić

 



















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