Sing Mare, sing Mare, My little lamb.
Sing Mare, Sing my precious, While you are unwedded.
You won’t sing as much, won’t sing as much, When you come to me.
It will come to your mind, come to your mind, The time when you were a girl.
Being a girl, being a girl, Was your time of reign.
Now you are not, now you are not, Neither a queen nor a girl.

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Sing Mare, Sing my Precious... is an intermedia setting focused on gender and other stereotypes, which define the role of women in our society. Installation maps gender as a socially constructed pattern.

A festive red carpet leads to the central piece, the painting-installation “Sing Maro, Sing My Precious”. The painting is inspired by the work of the famous French artist from the era of romanticism, Théodore Géricault piece, The Raft of the Medusa. Instead of the characters in the original painting I introduce our contemporaries who, in a rapture, celebrate one of the most venerated customs in Montenegro – the birth of a son/heir/rifleman/bloodline extender. Of course, as befits the celebration, the painting features the use of all sorts of weapons.  This painting is not mounted on a wall; rather, it levitates in space, like a warning hovering over our heads or standing in the way.

Additionally, the back of the painting features “Recipes for obtaining a male offspring”. Observes has also the possibility to write down their own recipe on the back of the painting. Behind it, the entire wall is flooded with such recipes and various tips,  ranging from different sources, as well as mathematical formulas or folk remedies and teas.  The painting is placed in a golden frame, and a ceremonial red carpet leads to it, as if it were in the Louvre, where the original painting is exhibited. This artistic gesture further reinforces the irony of the whole situation”.  

During the exhibition a provocative gift was distributed for the public- Tea for male offspring. Along the installation the observer is forced to constantly listen to several repeating verses of Montenegrin folk wedding song Sing Mare, My Little Lamb, which at times become unbearable.

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, exhibition view, 2021/22

Using the old folk wedding song Sing Mare, My Little Lamb, as the main motif and inspiration, I tried to offer a new reading of age- old content, but they now contradict the fun and joy they are meant to symbolise. By playing the song without its instrumental background, purposefully prepared for this exhibition, I invite spectators to pay attention to the lyrics, instead of rejoicing over the music. A powerful trembling voice sheds new light on the "good old tune". What was perceived as joyous and tender suddenly becomes threatening, sinister, sad, even eerie… The lyrics suddenly become clearer, and a new interpretation emerges. There is something about traditional folk songs in Montenegro, that is difficult to decipher, no matter from which perspective you think about them. The aspect of the feminine in these songs carries a bizarre combination of tenderness, love and cruelty. They clearly illustrate the framework of the traditional community, imbued with anxiety – a framework that dominates over all other aspects of life. The problem is that this framework prevails to this day, but it manifests itself differently. 

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, exhibition view, 2021/22

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, exhibition view, 2021/22

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, exhibition view, 2021/22

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, exhibition view, 2021/22

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Recipes for how to conceive a boy, at the exhibition Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Art Gallery, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22

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Gift fo the public: Tea for Male Offspring and recipes for how to conceive a boy, at the exhibition Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, 

Gallery Art, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, details from the painting, Gallery Art, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22

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Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, details from the painting, Gallery Art, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22

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Spectator writting a recipe for how to conceive a boy, Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, Gallery Art, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22

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Spectator writting a recipe for how to conceive a boy, Pjevaj Maro, Pjevaj Zlato/ Sing Mare, Sing my Precious, 

Gallery Art, Museums and galleries Podgorica, 21/22