Posing in Trashgarden
film, 8 min, 2019
A masked subject in full gear forces the camera to frame baroque tableaux of nettle and trash as it poses, self-aware and mannerly. The camera is pulled closer and closer into discomforting and arousing proximity until we can no longer tell who is looking at what. Drawing from outdoor fetish video practices, Posing in Trashgarden is a play on the artist self-portrait and a playful study in narcissism. Traditional portrait compositions blur until the figure and the background are confused. The work also expresses a sado-masochistic relation between the camera and its subject/object in the performance of mise-en-scène. The character stares behind its feathered mask and through insistent looking and showing, we are soon lured into a strange courtship dance.
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