The title piece of a solo exhibition at The European Center for Culture and Debate in Belgrade, June 2017

ENG: Produced in Belgrade, The Octagon portrays a day in the life of a fictional female mixed martial artist based in Serbia. The protagonist is the first Serbian woman to be signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and is training for a major tournament in Toronto. Inspired by the aesthetics of appropriation and sports media, and combining found footage with staged performance, The Octagon is a personal, subtly political, and absurdist account of who the artist might have become had her parents not fled now-ex Yugoslavia during the Civil War and raised her in their native Belgrade instead of Toronto.

SRB: Oktagon prikazuje dan života fiktivne srpske sportistkinje koja se bavi mešovitim borilačkim veštinama (MMA). Protagonista filma je prva žena iz Srbije koja je dobija priliku da se takmiči na Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), i trenutno trenira za veliki MMA turnir koji se održava u Torontu. Inspirisan estetikom sportskih medija i promotivnih videa, kombinujući arhivske snimke sa sceniranim performansom, Oktagon je lični, suptilno politički, i absurdni prikaz onoga što je autorka mogla da postane da njeni roditelji nisu emigrirali iz bivše Jugoslavije, odnosno, da je odrasla u Beogradu umesto u Torontu.

Exhibition text (in Serbian) by Marija Ratković


Featuring Mark Lajhner
Original score by Samuel Bayefsky
Camerawork by David Jovanović and Jana Mitrović
Audio by Jakov Munižaba and Aleksandar Popović
Voiceovers by Michael John Meyers, Mark Lajhner, and Igor Blažević

Produced and presented with production and exhibition support from:
The European Center for Culture and Debate
The Ontario Arts Council
Ed Video
The Belgrade University School of Fine Art
Radio Laguna Beograd
Kaizen MMA Academy

Thank you: Mark Lajhner, Dejan Ubović, Igor Latinović, Brana Stefanović, Marko Berkeš, and Jess Shane

Video © Ivana Dizdar, 2017