Kokoro     (2005)

DV 4:3 Colour video/ Sound. 22 min  


The butterfly is symbolic of the soul or spirit and with its metamorphosis, the passage from life to death and resurrection. In their film Kokoro, Zatorski + Zatorski present us with a surreal micro-drama played out by two butterflies around the arena of a female belly button.

Z+Z touch on the complex nuances of violence. We are left constantly guessing as to the relationship of the protagonists – are they lovers or rivals? Or are we witnessing the cruel and sadistic games of a psychopath? With their re-appropriation of a melodramatic, scale swelling, Bernard Herrmann score (Vertigo), Z+Z ultimately question and subvert our expectations, drawing on our Hitchcock-ian cinematic associations. The beautiful visuals, which move from being realistic to a sumptuous, painterly, hyper-reality by the end of the piece, add to the dream-like and surrealist quality of the drama.

Exhibitions include the Whitechapel gallery in “Define the Contemporary” exhibition 2005, the Oriel Mostyn Gallery and “Art Now” at The Arts Centre, St Petersburg.