This is a short trailer for an almost four-hour long video, uncut and recorded in one take, during which I morph without interruption from one person to the next, regardless of the alleged boundaries between the genders.
The gender categories appear like artificially constructed masks one paints on, behind which the true identity is hidden, if one acts in the society. As a result of the long showing of the makeup application, the psychological strains, which these socially constructed constraints impose on the individual, become perceptible as well.
In this video I wanted to represent, more particularly, the performativity of gender. The mechanical makeup application process is to underline the artificiality and inhumanness of the conceived gender categories.
As a spectator one observes the hours of construction and deconstruction of personalities. Gender identity is not carved in stone. It is a constant process and engaged in a permanent metamorphosis during a lifetime. One should not simply rest on ready-made categories and socially constructed definitions. One should challenge oneself time and again and create a new, individual definition of one’s own identity and gender identity.
Valerie Reding 2013