28.11.2007. - 23.12.2007.

Ana Hušman, "According to etiquette"

The exhibition called According to etiquette is a video installation consisted
of three loop projections, animation and a scenography taken from the "According to etiquette" movie.

To think about manners, is generally to remember all the embarrassing situations when one didn’t know what to do with a strange shaped utensil, when a certain proliferation of crockery and utensils, left one bemused, when the variety of shapes of glass vessels was baffling ..

Still what I remember most, is the etiquette passed down to me in the seventies, when as I child I would listen to my mother and her circle of, for those times, free thinking friends, bemoan the lack of style in the visiting American girl’s choice of denim jacket and long evening dress “I offered to lend her a shawl”, I heard them say, but she declined, “No”, she said “ I have my jean jacket”. In the style of true Europeans, the American was put down for her lack of hippy chic, and her genuine belief that casual was acceptable. For some reason the image of this American girl in her evening dress and jean jacket standing in my mind next to my mother who in my imagination is wearing a velvet evening dress with a psychedelic patterned full length sleeveless coat.

Where do manners live? Where civilisation reigns.
Where does civilisation reign? In Europe.
Who is uncivilised? Everyone else.
What do they need? Civilisation.
Who will bring it to them? We will.
Who are we?

We find in Norbert Elias’ "Civilising Process" a genealogy of manners as they developed from the middle ages onwards. According to Elias, the slow changes occurring in the notions of shame and delicacy change in relation to the changes happening in the social structure of the time, so as the number of small castles and lords and courts slowly diminish, as the push towards integration of small feudal units towards larger pacified social organisations developed, so too does the gradual unification of manners occur. In Elias we see a surprising and delightful coming together of the gradual formation of a state as a ‘monopoly of force’ and the internalisation of accepted modes of behaviour within a social organisation that is increasingly centralised (...). (Nicole Hewitt, preface)

Ana Hušman is born in Zagreb. Graduated in 2002 at the Multimedia Department and educational course of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She has exhibited at a number of solo and collective exhibitions and taken part in film and video festivals at home and abroad. She has won a number of prizes (Visura aperta/Momiano, Momjan, 2003 and 2004; 2 Gastro film fest, Belgrade 2003; Osijek 2004; 15.Dani hrvatskog filma, Zagreb 2006; 28th Youth Salon 2006, Zagreb) She is assistent on the Academy of Fine Arts, Animated film department, Zagreb.

(1) http://www.urbanfestival.hr/05/hr/projekti/husman.html
(2) http://www.artenativa.hr/anahusmanlalarascic.htm