The work Anatomy of the Bow consists of a series of photographs and a video projection. The project was initiated at the residency program in Seoul, South Korea, with the aim to reassesses traditional patriarchal structures that are, despite strong technological advances and modernization, still heavily present in society.
The video is an assemblage of archive photographs of Korean women taking part in public speeches. Sequencing materials from the photo-archive of the Korean Women Workers Organization (from the period 1987 –2010), the video creates a moving picture of a fragile social body: we can see the women speak, but their voices remain silent. The voice-over recites an excerpt from Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (1982).
The series of photographs is made by the artist approaching passers-by in the urban space in Seoul, with a proposal to engage in a short performative action, which she captured. The photo narrative uses a specific body language within public space in order to question the traditional roles and ways power is distributed and perceived within society. Anatomy of the Bow uses the public space for dissecting traditional relationships, thereby momentarily provoking the existing hierarchies.
Luiza Margan was born in Rijeka, Croatia. She currently resides and works in Austria and Croatia. Margan has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in museums and institutions across Europe. She received the OHO Award for young artists in Slovenia in 2007, and the THT-Museum of Contemporary Art Award in Croatia in 2012.