This is a video documenting a feminist performance art piece that I conceived during my third year in undergraduate studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I earned a degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The year is 2007, I'm 21 years old, and I am experimenting with putting theory into practice in a demonstration of how the politics of objectification can be represented to an audience of strangers passing by a store window. The mission of this piece was to adhere magazine images of idealized feminine body parts to my own body, thus literally "embodying" these pictures, and then, once covered in these images, to portray a creature in a box for the scopophilic curiosity of onlookers. It was my intention that the pleasurable Gaze of the onlookers be troubled, however, by own Gaze staring back, as well as the costume of images. My body was not meant to be read as a purely pleasurable sign for onlookers to passively enjoy, but was meant to provoke questions and a certain discomfort. The camera operator sometimes asked the onlookers questions about what they were seeing.
This project was conducted for a class called Site, Installation and Performance and was led by Fereshteh Toosi. Thanks to Maboud Ebrahimzadeh for operating the camera, and thanks to Ten Car Pile Up in Towson, MD for use of their space.
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