I really feel like I have a bad habit of saying, “She/He just wears short hair”, or “I can’t wear short hair!”. I’m a big fan of the work of artist Marina Abramovic, and that’s why I wanted to create an homage to her work. I was thinking of Marina’s art and asked my friend Ben, who had a similar obsession with the artist, to look at some clips from her videos. He showed me some videos and I was amazed by a few things: the long hair that she had, the shape of her face, the way the eyes were closed, and so on.
After some sketches and research, I started working on this project. I made it in Photoshop with a simple mask and a basic outline. Then I changed the image slightly in terms of lighting and contrast. And that took me on the next journey to create my own original piece inspired by Marina Abramovic’s style.
The project is based on Marina’s short style (she usually wears them in long black bangs), which is the basis of her “Dance with Light” art exhibition.
I think there is something really inspiring in the way she wears her hair, and what a powerful image it must be! It was my goal to capture the visual feeling and make it seem like she’s wearing one of her outfits.
You are the director and executive producer of the documentary! How do you deal with the fact that there are a lot of fans who might find your video confusing and even offensive due to the nudity, and how do you feel about that?
Ben Kerem: I definitely don’t want to be accused of being offensive because I do not want this project to be a sexual one. I try to focus on that, which is why I did not give the viewer any idea that he is viewing a film about sex (at least at first glance). The reason for that is that sexuality is a tricky subject, and this video is a reflection of that. What is more, I’m not someone who likes to get too far into a subject and think I know everything about it! So what can I do? I try to stay as objective as possible and work on what is really important to me.
At least for my current video, I decided to go for something light. Marina’s short style has an erotic undercurrent which I want to convey in this video: the way she wears her hair. It’s so simple but beautiful that, even on my
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