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Leap of Faith
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M 1808
Length
3'02''
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2010
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The video Leap of Faith starts with a shot of the artist wearing a suit, standing on the window's edge, getting ready to make the leap of his life to the wide open space. The artist is hesitating, having difficulties in creating a momentum to jump, bet eventually jumps. Surprisingly he freezes horizintally, while his feet touch the window's edge- homage to the known work of Yves Klein "Artist Jumps into the Void (1959). When the shot opens up it appears that the window from which the artist was afraid to jump is just a few feet above the ground. The camera stands still presenting a grotesque and surreal image of the artist hanging between heaven and earth. The camera focuses on the artist's point of view, who wants to break through from the inside to the outside. The artist is presented trying to jump out of the window, like Icarus who tried to climb up and reach the sun, when his ambition is to overcome gravity and his own fears with the help of willpower and courage. The artist chooses to do so in an exhibitionist way, through a huge window, that allows everyone around to see the struggle of the artist and watch his fears. By the leap through the window the artist eliminates the physical barrier as he breaks thruogh. The surrealist position of the artist where his feet touch the sill and his body is suspended between heaven and earth merger the inside and outside. In the video the artist chooses to use the window in an unusual way, in order to achieve his goal. The artist's fear, arising frim a possible failure, leads to hesitiation in accomplishing his goal. The faulure, however, is not so painful as the window is just a few feet awat from the ground. The work criticizes two characteristics of the human nature. One is the fear from failure and social criticisim that can paralyze and prevent breaching borders, while in many cases, like in the work, such fears are only in the person's (the artist) eyes, as the fall is not so painful. The second is wining glory at any price, where like in the work- the act seems heroic, in the artist's perception, while it seems grotesque in for the viewers.

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