The work Positions shows uniformed, armed women in a pose of defense against the background of a sunny skyline. The camera brings the viewers very close to the protagonists and allows them to watch the situation securely. The viewer lingers in this state - at times in sight of the women, at times among them. The real action is dislocated outside the visible region, so that one can only guess what happens in the protagonists’ reld of vision.
Positions is a study of the posture, the role assignments and their fulrllment. Thereby the work does not aim so much at a statement about self-defense against a particular person or group of people, but rather at a resistance to structures, systems or normative gender concepts; an ongoing struggle and celebration of an aesthetic of contradictions.
Kristina Paustian, born 1985 in Omsk in Russia, currently lives and works in Berlin. 2003 she moved to Germany to study at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She worked as DoP and editor for several video artists before starting out as an artist herself.
Today Paustian's artistic practice covers video, rlm and installation. Her works are part of international media art festivals & exhibitions.