Lars Kollros and Alexandra Zaitseva (AUS) Mind the gap film, 2020

A crack (gap, opening) is loaded with ambivalence. It seduces us, on the abstract notional level as well as on the concrete bodily level, to engage with the new, the not yet thought of, not yet lived. Does thinking stop, when the crack full of ambivalent uncertainty is spackled?

Lars Kollros and Alexandra Zaitseva

Lars Kollros is a self-taught photographer and videographer. Lars’s art practice also involves writing and performance. He studies video and video installations at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Lars has shown films at international festivals and is currently working in both Vienna and Hamburg. Sacha Zaitseva is a sculptress working with ceramics and video. She grew up in Russia, moved as a teenager to Austria and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Meanwhile she is the Head of the Ceramic-Studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. 

2 thoughts on “Lars Kollros and Alexandra Zaitseva (AUS) Mind the gap film, 2020

  1. Dear Lars and Alexandra,

    I was really impressed by your video. When I first saw it, it reminded me of something awful I had overheard/read somewhere in an documentary or a book. It was about a torture technique, that had been used during some warsituation. Women where being tortured by stuffing their genitals with clay. Although I have some ideas, I forgot where and when it exactly happened, but I am going to try and look it up for you.
    During the studio visit, you mentioned that your approach was related to the LHBT community and the taboos they are to struggling with. I am touched, it is a powerful message that I think can never be told enough.

    All the best,
    Nanda Raemansky

    1. Hi Alexandra and Lars,

      I had been reading into the history of Congo and at the same time I had been watching a series of documentaries about the Balkan war and the genocide in Srebrenica which happened 25 years ago. So I got a bit confused about what happened where, but after checking some details I think it happened during the Balkan war and that it was used as a torture practice by the Serbs against Bosnian Muslim women
      Maybe you can watch these documentaries for yourself. Ofcourse there is a lot of Dutch speaking in them and it might also not be possible to watch them outside Holland, but they are to be found here:
      Perhaps, because I am not a 100% sure, you might also like to know about this book I am reading. This was a best seller so it might very well be possible that it has been translated to English or Geman and is named ‘Congo, een geschiedenis’ by David van Reybrouck isbn:978 90 234 58661 Here one of the topics David writes about, is the genocide the Hutsi’s commited on the Tutsi’s in the 90’s in Rwanda and the role the Belgians have played in this awful event.

      All the best,
      Nanda Raemansky

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