V E R S A R E | 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔏𝔢𝔪𝔬𝔫𝔶 𝔊𝔯𝔞𝔭𝔢𝔣𝔯𝔲𝔦𝔱
Single-channel projection 1920*1080 Duration 5'57"
Showed at First Reactions Group Exhibition, London, UK 2019 and Exhibition Mexico in Ovalo Galeria de Arte, CDMX, Mexico 2019
‘versare’ (taking from the Latin origin of the word ‘converse’) is a body of work comprised of performance, installation, and moving image grappling with societal roles and intersections of individuals from different disciplines and occupations, taking on a quasi anthropological approach to investigate power dynamics in observed or fictional circumstances and scenarios with cinematic parallels. Themes in the work includes the gaze, institutionalism, the body, communicational dynamics, and psyche, referencing surreal humour, character as spectacle, absurdist dramedy, and deformity of the anima.
‘versare | the lemony grapefruit,’ a work undertaken in the form of moving image and performance, analyses the facets and affect of an individual’s role within an institutional structure, and in this case, a ballet company and its repertoire. Through a short time-based exposition consisting of an emotionally sterile dining scene and intercepting surreal choreographic sequences, the work examines how dinner table conversation may function as a temporal place for insight into a character and their psyche, in which the audience may increasingly find themselves complicit in the trajectory of the nonlinear narrative. As they are on the other side of the screen, the audience is situated as both the surrogate body of the interrogative interlocutor offscreen and the voyeuristic gaze while being inadvertently confronted with emotionality and polarisation. The work presents a character who recalls various cinematic stock figures and in conjunction a critique of dialogue and archetypes as cinematic devices to counter customary character portrayal.