Glupa sam, dakle postojim.

I am stupid, therefore I am.

action in public space
photo-documentation
2018

A stereotype is a term that denotes a rooted thought, a belief, or a relationship towards someone or something. Each stereotype leads us to wrong and unjustified wide generalization.
The word stereotype derives from the Greek word stereotipia, which means repeating something always the same way. Initially, it signified a typographic element, a metal plate molded from the matrix, which was used during printing instead of the original.
With this work, I tried to reassess the presence of a certain stereotype by stopping passers-by and asking them to seal my body. Many have agreed, without even asking what is the sentence that will be reflected on my body. "I am stupid, therefore I am" refers to the belief that all Bosnians are stupid, the stereotype I have faced with many times.

This work deals with the issue of stereotypes that were developed in the public opinion of the former Yugoslav republics. This stereotype is as follows: Stupid as a Bosnian. It is present in numerous jokes and anecdotes about the Bosnians, as every stereotype is shaped, determined, justified and naturalized. The text on the seal, which reads: I am stupid, therefore, I am referring to Dekart's famous thesis "I think, therefore I am," which guarantees the subjective position of power. The author replaces Decartes "I think" with opposition - "I am stupid", which at least denies or shakes the right to complete self-determination within the subject position, as self-awareness or self-conscious, but at the same time determines some sort of identity of the individual as a product projections of stereotypes by the local environment. Each identification is done by means of the 'other' , ie, mirror views about ourselves. Each stereotype arises as a result of concealing the split within the knowledge of the marginal-other "- Anastasija Pavić

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