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Face It is a visual representation reflecting the continuous conflict
between Christians and Muslims. Macedonian artist Igor Josifov,
presents a multi-media exhibition – performance art, video and
photography, expressing the history of the conflict between Christians
and Muslims that has existed in this region for centuries.

The artist's performance was staged between the two iconic photographs
where the subjects are wearing 'horse blinders' which have now become
'human blinders'. Each leather blinder, has been etched and burned
with Christian iconography and Muslim motifs separately.

"In the beginning of my performance I use the head as the primary
medium for demonstrating a certain emotion.
In the first part I wear the Christian mask and put myself into the
state of mind that would reflect a Christian point of view and
ideology. After that I wear the Muslim mask with the same mental
transformation. I use the energy projected by the audience, absorbing
their anxiety , confusion and restlessness . It's a thick and heavy
atmosphere as is the subject of religious differences. The performance
merges this all together into one larger energy….people are now forced
to think.
I remove the mask and then turn my back and cut the shoulder blades on
my back with a razor blade. It is my desire to become neutral….to be
in between religions as I stand between the iconic photographs.

The incisions cause blood to drip in almost a wing-like nature. The
performance begins to feel almost messianic in its message.
They have a metaphoric meaning of freedom from both religions. In fact
from all religions."

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