During childhood and adolescence, in the desire to fit into the social environment, we separate parts of our personality, certain personality and temperament characteristics that are not approved by the environment. Instead of facing feelings of fear, anger, or jealousy, we tend to suppress these negative emotions, making them active parts of our shadow from which they subconsciously project onto others. The concept of psychological projection within personality psychology is introduced by neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, and the term denotes a defense mechanism that people subconsciously use to deal with difficult situations and emotions. Josip Kresović refers to these psychological projections with the ambient installation Metaprojection through which he creates a fictive mental space in which each observer finds parts of his own psyche. The sandy ground of the exhibition space combined with the sounds of the desert wind symbolize the devastation of the spirit and the gradual loss of contact with reality thus creating a materialized form of the inner, psychological state of the individual. Metaprojections are made possible by three overhead projectors that, like desert machines, project pronouns on the walls that are often used to condemn and dehumanize others, and point to a lack of compassion and understanding. Optical projection devices were chosen because of their connection with childhood and their importance in the education of previous generations, but also because of their primitive technology with which the artist ironically refers to the stubborn and unconscious use of the previously mentioned defense mechanisms. Through the prints in the sand, each observer becomes an active participant in the installation, interacting with the artwork and others simultaneously becoming aware of the emotional triggers hidden deep in their own subconscious.

autor: Naonar
exhibition: Metaprojections
fotografije: Valerija Djanješić
tekst: Sara Mikelić 
16th October 2020  

Naonar (Josip Kresović) was born in Zadar. Parallel with his studies in psychology he develops his artistic expression through graphics, sculptures, installations, scenography and performance. His work is often based on psychological constructs combined with personal stories as a reaction to the environment that surrounds him.