Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Artist Lala Raščić Unveils Video Installation at the UNO Fine Arts Gallery

 at the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery This week at the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, artist Lala Raščić unveils "The Eumenides", a video installation based on Jean-Paul Sartre's existential drama "The Flies."

This week at the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, artist Lala Raščić unveils "The Eumenides", a video installation based on Jean-Paul Sartre's existential drama "The Flies."

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The Eumenides, a video installation by Lala Raščić
based on Jean-Paul Sartre's drama "The Flies," runs this month at the UNO Fine Arts gallery on campus.

The exhibition, part of the Prospect 3.0 satellite program, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.

Artist Lala Raščić will lead a gallery talk on her work from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

Both events are free and open to the public.

"The Eumenides" video installation was created especially for the University of New Orleans Fine Arts gallery, said UNO Artist-in-Residence Ariya Martin. The installation is on display as part of the Prospect 3.0 satellite program. Raščić, a New Orleans-based artist born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1977, used text from Sartre and references existentialism and ancient Greek mythology, theater, and tragedy in the creation of a new narrative.

The video shows Raščić assume the roles of Electra and Orestes. In Greek mythology, Electra is the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, and thus princess of Argos. She and her brother Orestes plotted revenge against their mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon. Electra appears as the main character in two classic Greek tragedies, Electra by Sophocles and Electra by Euripides. In psychology, the "Electra Complex," so named by renowned 20th century psychologist Carl Jung, refers to a girl's psychological and sexual competition with her mother for possession of her father.

In Raščić's video installation, the central motive of the Furies -- or the Eumenides, ancient goddesses of revenge -- are treated as musical number, produced in collaboration with Sarajevo-based electronic duo Black Water and Her Daughter and producer Midi Brigade, said Martin. The video also subverts the traditional tragic character of Electra, showing her as an empowered female figure.

The installation exhibited in the UNO Campus Fine Art Gallery includes a sculptural installation resembling a stage set. Text materials -- including Raščić's script; storyboard and installation sketches; writings by Sartre, Steiner, Nietzsche, Graves, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles -- are available for reference in the space of the installation, exposing the artistic process, and as tools for alternative readings of The Eumenides, Martin said.

 

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