The video Étude morte is part of the series in which the artist performs two roles simultaneously. The video plot is being suggested right by the title Étude morte (the French term for the classical artistic genre “still life”) – the painter meets himself on a neutral grey background, the two figures being distinguished by their black and white clothing. The figure in black targets his white antipode with a pistol in hand and shoots him dead with a precise shot in the head. The fine arts term “dead nature” is being presented here through the filter of irony and at the same time is materialized literally as a etude about death.
Vladimir Mitrev, born 1972 in Sofia, Bulgaria. 1997-2003 – Studies Fine Art at Universität der Künste, Berlin. 2001 – Studies Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, London. 2003 – Graduation in Fine Art at Universität der Künste, Berlin. 2003-2004 – Meisterschüler at Universität der Künste, Berlin. Lives and works in Berlin and Sofia.