This film is investigating the ideas of covering, revealing, hiding and exposing the female body, and its relation to fabric and the textures of both cloth and skin. Also, the social extend of the idea of exposing the female body is being visually negotiated by balancing the visibility through transferring the material of coverage from the body to the lens of the camera.
The idea emerged from questions about ‘the way we see’ and the ‘male gaze’ that brought to surface mainstream aspects of visual perceptions of the female body such as striptease. That is used as a comic element in the piece. The works of artists such as Jayne Parker were a useful source of examples of representing the body in simplicity and neutrality, just stating its existence within a given space. La Ribot’s video pieces and performances showed me the idea of materiality in practice. The interaction of the naked body with objects and spectators in a room and most importantly, the role of the camera are key elements for examining. Even more fundamentally, the conception of the medium’s role in a film was found in the structuralists’ works, (i.e.: Annabel Nicholson) whose work has influenced me a lot in terms of realizing the substances of filmmaking.
The textures of the human body can differ and be modified (i.e.: stitches) but the nature of the skin is always neutral and human. That part of my body was worth showing since it is still part of the female body revealed.
The sound was a mixture of different distorted and ‘tortured’ recordings of instruments and frequencies. This idea came to reality after visiting ‘Her Noise’ exhibition at SLG that was hosting sound art pieces from only female artists.
The decision of exposing myself was made under my strong will to finally perform and co-exist in the same room with the camera, understand the medium and its importance, somewhere where both of us could see the motions we caused. That could only happen in front of a mirror.
The audiovisual result aims at the sarcastically theatrical staging of the body. I consider the sound as one of the strengths of the work. Some points of the film could be accused of lasting for too long but I suppose that this is being balanced by the intensity of the images afterwards.
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