The Messengers, 2008Installation / media interventionThree phonecalls in Croatian with English subtitles on monitors, three excerpts from Story magazine with English translations
The Messengers is an intervention into Croatian media, more specifically into a magazine called Story, which specialises in celebrity news and gossip, and its fixation with local celebrity Vlatka Pokos. The basis of the piece is the idea of inverted gossip. Gossip can be any small detail about someone’s life, provided it portrays the person in a negative light. Instead of spreading juicy gossip, Takala sets out to report pieces of insignificant yet positive acts, whose value in scandalous terms is nil, yet when performed by a celebrity become newsworthy. These absurd little news items create a rupture in the traditional tabloid formula through their lack of sensation and by being nothing more than a slightly naïve testament to people caring about each other.
Callers: Niksa Marinović, Barbara, Iva IšekThanks to: Jasna Jakšić, Antonia Majača, Ivana Bago, Ana Kutleša, Jelena Pašić, Petra Krolo Produced during a residency at Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, ZagrebSupported by FRAME