2008., color photograph, 100×140 cm

In the photograph Untitled, Goran Micevski is determined to portray naked, white and uncircumcised mail immediately after taking a shower/bath in the bathroom. While observing his face in the mirror, this young male wipes his head with the towel in the manner that associates to oriental custom of hiding under the veil, as the rest of the body that remains completely exposed alludes and tempts the eye of the viewer structured on western culture suppositions. This staged game of the contemporaneous “exaggerated” hiding and revealing of the body only evoke the art practice that use disguising, changing of clothes and travesty as a technique of the art (re)presentation, disclosing preoccupation of the artist with the phenomenon of identity constructing that is being reflected in the view of another person. Refectivness in Micevski’s work is highly emphasized, or to be more precise, it is paradoxically tripled to unlimited usage of photography in everyday life (which is evident regarding the presence of mirrors, glass and cameras as the constitutive element of work). Occurrence of the photography media contributed development of investigative thought regarding identity and revived the idea “in front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art” (Roland Barthes). Multiplication of these identification models points to media strengthened potential of introduction where the subject is being exhausted in excessive exposure expectations from the viewer, that have already been saturated and impotent for sensual feeling. However, the exact insisting on the game of mystification and demystification, keeping and revealing of the secret, east and west, originating of closeness in permanent mutual process of familiarization, the artist identifies the impact of erotic outlook to the world.

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