A hired female artist painting a naturalistic portrait of Mister Afganistan, 2009, from the Helman area where Danish soliders were at war. Meanwhile playing the voice of the gallerist reading defintions from art history.

“He [the painter] gives something for the eye to feed on, but he invites the person to whom this picture is presented to lay down his gaze there as one lays down one’s weapons. This is the pacifying, Apollonian effect of painting. Something is given not so much to the gaze as to the eye, something that involves the abandonment, the laying down, of the gaze.” (Lacan 1981).

If I was a painter you would be my motive, stills from a performance. 5 hours. Galleri Sagoy, Malmö, Sweden, 2009.