Plastic ideal

mixed media, 3D print
2018

The work consists of four barbie dolls, modified using 3D print. By adding sexual organs, four different versions of the body were made, which have their differences in gender and sex. Barbies play an important role in the development of identity. Apart from being completely disproportionate, pointing to certain standards predetermined by society, also the barbies are made with the lack of genitals. By presenting a diminished human body, the topic of sexual identity is suppressed, and thus left out in childhood. This work points to models that would be a plastic ideal for future barbies.

This work calls into question the sex and gender differences as biological and social predecessors, and points to many possible identifications of sexual identity. This work was censored during the exhibition at the Geothe Institute in Belgrade, because, as explained, a large number of underage passers-by. The mere fact that this misunderstanding happened by the director of the Geothe Institute gallery, points to the problem of (not) understanding the sex and gender determinants.
"As an artist, Milica can point to extreme identities and thus give them visibility in the context of the art world, but even in the world that should refer to some kind of freedom, visibility is not always possible." When the Plastic Ideal was exhibited in the gallery at the center of Belgrade in 2018, parents asked the gallery management to take care of the work, so that they would not have to make unpleasant conversations, while passing by it with children. Conversations about trans persons are not unpleasant but necessary, and boys and girls will certainly wonder why their Barbie, Disney princess, Kens, X-Men and others do not have the same body as they, and it can go two ways - to strive for a plastic ideal or to accept themselves as they are. "- Zorana Stojanović

"Using 3D print to complement existing barbie dolls, produced without primary sexual characteristics, Milica Bilanović made four body variants of these popular puppets, crossing gender and sex categories, which underlines the sex-gender difference in the sense in which sex is defined as biological and gender as a social category, in order to re-examine and problematize the superficiality and ease with which sex and gender are determined on the basis of appearance, and pointed to the diversity of possible identifications beyond the scale that Barbie brand offers. Critique of the man's reduction in body parts, as well as the social use of puppets as a symbol of a depersonalized human being intended for children, for the purpose of adopting patterns for which they will develop and by which they will develop their relationship to bodies. "- Jovana Radić

Catalogue from the exibition "Napuštanje bezbednog režima" download(1.793KB) Catalogue from the exibition "Umetnost u doba klasnog rata"download(18.228KB)
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