PETJA GRAFENAUER Corpus Indeterminata (*Undefined body) is an assemblage of projects that use different ways and a selection of organic materials to deal with the body that cannot be captured within a recognisable visible frame. In the Sculpture Association Gallery Srdić Janežič presented two projects connected by the human body hairs that were used as material. A large white shirt that was accompanied by seven smaller multiples on sale is a work of art as well as documentation of a process that the artist carried out earlier this year and was invisible to the general public. In a twenty-four hour performance the artist used a pair of tweezers to pull body hairs from his body. The cautiously removed body hair was felted and joined with sheep wool, and once the new material was obtained it was used to make the shirt in accordance to the artist’s instructions. This object/ document/ was exhibited in the gallery together with a LCD screen, hidden in the shirt pocket, that showed a film on the process of how the material for the artefact was obtained. The second project on display was a continuation of the Lost & Found series (2007). Srdić Janežič’s fieldwork of collecting pubic hair that clenched onto the sides of urinals was precisely documented and alongside the found artefact he exhibited photographic documentation of the location of discovery. In this project the pubic hairs that represent relics of foreign, undefined bodies were exhibited on gilded coins and presented as a sign of bodies that we know exist out there even though we cannot imagine their precise shapes. Once the body hair is set in front of the viewer as an article of clothing (which usually hides
the body hairs), or when it becomes visible on a gilded pedestal, it appears disgusting. At first the viewer might not want to or is incapable of connecting them to what he has brought into the gallery under his armpits, in his crotch, under his bellybutton or knee. A part of the human physicality, which the contemporary society with its seeming ‘pureness’ (even though it might be more appropriate to call it ‘prudery’) wishes to remove and create the appearance that our bodies are ideally smooth and as far removed from animal bodies as possible, lies in front of us and is at the same time also a part of us. It is the part of us that we have learned to hide, deny, remove and detest.