Touch Me Not

Prosjekt 2021

Touch Me Not

Ana Dunjić 

When and where: Olavskilden, Marinen
From 11. June – August 2021 
Finissage 27 August 2021

Touch Me Not on Facebook 

Finissage Touch Me Not  (Facebook event)

Artist standing next to sculpture
Photo: Ana Dunjić

Ana Dunjić opens Prosjekt 2021 in June with the sculpture Touch Me Not.

Opening: happened live on Facebook Friday 11 June at 18:00:
A digital unveiling celebration with a musical performance stream from Oslo by Ada Hoel.
Watch the film at Facebook.

South of Nidarosdomen, on a secluded recess in front of Olavskilden, a peculiar sculpture is placed. Comfortably cushioned in the lush green of the park, its synthetic smell invites to inspect, to engage and to deliberate; it smells like it's there to clean, but it’s name is Touch Me Not.

Observing decay is a big part of this work. Its material stands for transience and depletion. The weather elements gnaw at it. The water evaporates.

And the location is perfectly secluded, it is the touching spot. Some still surely break the rules. Their wet fingers polish the cube and wipe away its edges. Their hands become clean so they can touch each other.

Sculpture's final shape will have encoded on its surface the complexity of all these events that took place during its lifetime.

About the artist

Ana Dunjić

Ana Dunjic is from Belgrade, Serbia, but she has lived in many places before settling down in Trondheim. She is educated in film editing (Belgrade) and an MFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. 

In my work, I have always been fascinated by reality, how hard it is to describe it, to document it, to represent it, to make it live for longer than a moment. There is nothing solid in our minds in the way rock is solid. There are no words that live longer than mountains. All meaning is merely transient. Our feelings exist, but what makes us feel often doesn't. I just want to see the beauty of what really happens, in all the infinite ways it can manifest and absorb and interpret. So I make things I can look at, for a long time, to ponder. I live vicariously through archive research, moving images, photos, google, slow motion, chemical reactions, and states of matter.