MOFUTA (AKA: Hannah Berestizhevsky) is a painter and performance artist born in Ukraine, whose work explores the human condition through "non-human living beings". These pieces are taken from the project, Reverse Camouflage, a study into the beauty and "strength in fragility" shared by flowers and butterflies.
Camouflage is about blurring the "edges" between the object (subject) and the background (context). It's an unavoidable survival mechanism that relies on invisibility, practiced in all levels of life. In cultural camouflage, one has to identify the "sharp edges" that are not accepted as normal, and obscure them by adapting characteristics to the environment. It can be a conscious or unconscious process. Camouflage can be dangerous, not only to potential victims but to the subject itself, because when camouflage progresses for a long period of time, there can be harmful side effects: inconsistent personality, inability to be alone, forgetting who you really are... The aim of this project was to achieve the result of camouflage (necessary for survival) but without having to obscure who one really is. Instead of being a passive subject (by adapting to the features of the surroundings), the artist becomes an active subject, forcing their features on the context. Subject and Context become one.
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