Maraschino Cherries


In her performance, Vlasta Žanić questions stereotypical female roles of being wife and mother, the responsible within the family for providing emotional and physical nourishment. The cherry cake is, in this case, symbol of comfort and family protection, while the artist's body becomes the object of the symbolic inscription of traces of wounding. Covering her body with dough and planting cherries inside it, the artist expresses the entire force of the weight that this role entails, as well as the weight of suppressing and sacrificing her own personality in a family community, which apparently exists by default.


Maraschino Cherries, performance, Zadar live, Zadar (HR), 2002, photographed by Stipe Surać


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