traps

traps and baits

The project is composed of sculptures of traps and photographs that act as bait, which is used to lure the audience/victim. The traps return to the basics, they are made of simple materials such as rocks, branches and ropes. They are not just instruments of entrapment, but also mechanisms that can cause harm to living creatures according to their size. The bait creates the stimulant that entices toward the trap. Each trap has its bait - the picture of a young woman who was killed under tragic circumstances.

The traps, located in the room, are loaded and ready for action, while the bait is hung on the wall behind. The trap is set off by release of pressure on a trigger - whether a trip wire, a pressure-sensitive strip on the floor or a regular stick-trigger, so that the movement of the audience towards the bait may set off the trap. Tension is created between the urge to get closer to the photographs of the tempestuous woman and between the knowledge that moving closer may turn the viewer/hunter into a captive/victim by springing the trap. According to Morag, the "act of entrapment shakes masculinity between two poles: the "hunter", i.e. the winner, one whose subjectivity will be realized by dominance and codes of control and masculinity, and the "captive", i.e. beaten, one whose subjectivity will be broken down while stressing the helplessness of the situation. The hunter becomes a captive due to his capture in a trap (even if symbolic) and his ensuing defeat.

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