Mare Tralla: Feltboots, video 2000
produced at Crossing Over 5, Wexner Center, Columbus Ohio, USA
Feltboots is an illustration of an anecdote from Mare Tralla’s childhood. So called Armenian Radio asked a question “Why do Russians wear feltboots?”. The answer given was “To silently sneak pass the Americans”. It bothered the artist a great deal. How do they do it? She remembered her thinking at the time, a fantasy images which totally excluded the notion of Cold War. She was about seven, when she heard the anecdote. In her video Feltboots Tralla acts out these fantasies in the streets of Columbus, Ohio and quietly sneaks past the Americans in her soft soviet feltboots.