From our special correspondent in Turin (Italy)
The song is in Serbian, but your ear will probably pick a famous name. “What’s the secret to Meghan Markle’s healthy hair? Konstrakta asks at the beginningin Corpor Sano Which Serbia is represented at Eurovision this year. “I think it’s a matter of deep hydration,” he hastened to add.
On stage, the 43-year-old artist, delicately cutting a crow’s bangs, is sitting facing a sink, washing his hands with soap. The strange chorus that surrounds him quickly turns over the napkin. “Another one of those performance gags that you only see in competitions? You say to yourself. Think again, these three minutes are individual, but the topic is very serious.” in Corpor Sano Moreover, it is the most committed piece in this Turin competition.
“It’s not good, the spleen is enlarged, not beautiful”
Why Meghan Markle then? “She has beautiful hair, doesn’t she? I read it in an article. I didn’t want to talk about her specifically, it could be someone else, but she represents the people who get the media’s attention,” explains Constructa. The song’s lyrics are heavily tainted by irony, attacking the obsession with health.
“Skin and hair don’t lie. / And so: dark circles around the eyes / They are a sign of liver problems. / Spots around the lips, an enlarged spleen. / It’s not good, an enlarged spleen, nor pretty,” she sings in the first stanza.
“We live in an atmosphere of fear where health is represented as a value that requires significant spending. Health is seen as something that you can completely control, provided you do it, follow trends, and listen to this… you have to be healthy. It’s the pressure that scares us, she explained to the media in her country after winning the selection of Serbia for Eurovision. It is possible to adopt a reasonable position assuming that we have taken health to some extent, and thus accept the idea of disease and death with less fear. »
“Someone told me that kind of movement was very K-Pop”
During the same interview, Constructa denied a rumor thatin Corpor Sano It is a tribute to guitarist Miroslav Necic, a member of a group she was a part of and who died of leukemia and which could not have received the best care because artists in Serbia are not covered by social security. However, she explicitly makes this last point through the lyrics: “I don’t have health insurance / Oh, how are they going to follow me? / How are they going to take care of me? / Invisible artist / You can’t see me like you’re by magic.”
Hence the order of the chorus: “The artist must be healthy. You must be healthy, and in good health. Good health, good, good, good. Good health, good health. It is, it must be, and it must be.” A very effective gimmick that gives his performance and song a sexy relief.” Someone told me that this kind of move was very K-Pop. Perhaps it could prevent the audience from understanding the meaning of the song, Konstrakta admits. You have to dive into the lyrics. »
Her performance on stage, the frantic and repetitive aspect of hand-washing, was inspired by a performance by Serbian singer Marina Abramović, who is “one of the most important artists of today”. In 1975, in Copenhagen, the latter combed her hair for an hour, tirelessly repeating “Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful” (which is the show’s title: “Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful”).
The song opened up discussions.
In the last seconds ofin Corpor SanoThe rhythm drifts away, the words tinged with latent anger. “A healthy body, what now? A sick mind in a healthy body. A sad soul in a healthy body. A desperate mind in a healthy body. A frightened mind in a healthy body. So what do we do now?”; the singer concludes, addressing mental health and leaving the question hanging.
“Systematic support is scant, unfortunately, in both the health system and education. Getting care is becoming more expensive and inaccessible,” Constructa lamented after winning the national team in March. Since then, his track has become a phenomenon in Serbia and abroad.
The choreography went viral, inspiring memes and parodies, but the whole thing had a much more serious, real-world impact. “The song changed things in the sense that it opened up discussions,” she said after her first rehearsal last week.