Blazo Kovacevic VisArts Exhibition

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155 Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 7:30am

Types: Art
Price Ranges: Free

Exhibit open from September 11 – October 18, 2020

Concourse Gallery

Blazo Kovacevic explores the implications of the loss of privacy in the context of contemporary conditions of migration in the absence of legal status. Implications of X-ray security screening and the notion of threatened personal freedom have turned my focus to human trafficking. In the project titled Incited, Kovacevic explores images and events in which illegal immigrants passing through the Balkans were screened and subjected to pervasive forms of mistreatment. Incited focuses on the body as a conventionally obscure form that is rapidly being rendered transparent. He is addressing the following, closely interwoven elements in this body of work:

• The erosion of privacy—as visible in security inspections, body scans, and X-rays of personal possessions

• Human trafficking—where the body is used in illegal activities of smuggling and perceived as a special commodity that may be transported illegally, though most recently semi-legally, across the state borders without using normal entry points or means of transportation

• The body as a weapon—used for terrorizing civilians for military or political gain in form of suicide bombers etc.

• And finally, the body as a source of pandemic disease threats for humanity at large, particularly in the state of transit.

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