Interested in themes of displacement, role-playing, and alienation, Bosnian artist Danica Dakić presents videos and photography in her first U.S. solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum.
The exhibition centers around 2008’s Isola Bella, a video featuring the residents of Sarajevo’s Home for the Protection of Children and Youth, a facility for the mentally and physically disabled. To establish the setting, Dakić applied a tropical 19th-century wallpaper design named “Isola Bella” to the institution’s theater and festooned the occupants in Victorian paper masks, allowing them to manipulate and redefine their identities. The video alternates between the residents’ functions as performers and their reactions as audience members, generating a contrast similar to that between the embellished aesthetics provided by Dakić and the austere interior of the facility. With the narratives and music of their performances, the residents reveal their histories and ambitions, skirting the lines between fact and fantasy.
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