Artist Marina Abramovic created a video-art project, Balkan Erotic Epic, aimed at exploring Balkan history and tradition through sexuality. Here male figures hump the ground as a symbol of fertility.
The work is part of the sex and art series Destricted, which describes the work this way:
Through eroticism, the human attempts to make himself equal with the gods. In Balkan folklore, men and women sought to preserve indestructible energies through the use of the erotic. They believed that erotic energy was something non-human that could only come from higher forces.
Various explicit acts were performed for a variety of purposes; to promote the growth of crops, to heal a sick child, to protect against evil spirits and so forth.
Abramovic’s interest lies in what can be learned from these ancient traditions viewed now in a contemporary context.