Video documentation of video installation/sculpture.
“Egress,” is a video projection onto a large stack of books and the wall behind it.
Video installation: books, video projector, media player, speakers, 84 x 140 x 192 inches.
The piece runs as a continuous video loop that is 5:45 min. and has an accompanying detailed sound track. Animated segments, live action video and collaged photos all fuse together to create the peculiar cityscape in which events unfold. Overall dimensions of the project: 12’ wide x 7’ tall.
“Egress” explores how women living under an authoritarian regime use fiction, books, and the printed page to subvert their restrictive environment. The women find ways to maintain a veneer of compliance with social edicts while transcending the government’s manufactured illusion, eventually creating their own reality. Inspired by Azar Nafisi’s memoir, “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”
“Situated Cinema” is a genre of intimate image theaters utilizing the interplay between projected animations, everyday objects, and the resultant shadows to frame stories about surviving confinement. Individuals whose lives inspire these works include hostages, prisoners, slaves, victims of relocation camps, and women living under a repressive government. All have transcended the absurd by devising a creative survival strategy that necessitates careful navigation between powerlessness and regeneration. Part shadow play, part documentary, part optical illusion, “situated cinema” uses visual storytelling to poetically frame political and historical events.
More images here: heidikumao.net/projects/egress-2/