Over 18 only (video installation)

 

 

OVER 18 ONLY is a multimedia performance based on a parallel between the artist’s love affairs and her sexual abuse experience in childhood. In a confined space with one bed, each person from the audience lays down comfortably on the bed, seethe first video called Long Time No Sex projected on the ceiling and hears with headphones a mixed soundtrack based on Serge Gainsbourg‘s song Je T’aimeNext, another video called Over 18 Only begins in a small projection on the wall beside the pillow where the head of the spectator is supposed to be. This video describes the sexual abuse.
This random and ongoing video installation is a mixture of the funny, erotic and ironic stories of love affairs written in red on a toilette paper and a black and white serious story of violence.

Long time no sex (video)

Over 18 Only (video)

 

The installation Over 18 Only combines the use of an installation comprised of two videos constructing the illusion of a private space, in a exhibition frame. The one-to-one audience is invited to dive in an atmosphere of intimacy, lying on the bed to watch the stories of a woman who looks for love and sex as a survivor of sexual violence when a child.

 

In the first video called Long Time no Sex, drops of love affairs experiences are written in red letters on a toilet paper. Beside the distortion of the song Je T’aime moi non plus, the work is a mix of erotic, funny and ironic random stories projected on the ceiling above the bed.  The public display of intimate life details, with a non fear of confronting sexual ethics, gender norms, and the tyranny of political correctness inspired by the so-called sex-positive feminist art. Fighting for the female sexuality deconstructing patriarchal structures of power and oppression, using the aesthetics of the ‘personal is political’ to the artistic practice as a method for empowerment.

After, a black and white TV placed close to the same bed starts to show the second video called the same name of the whole work, Over 18 Only. The video shows the past memories of the same non-fictional woman in her childhood. This time the viewer gets in contact with the details of sexual abuse experienced by a child at home. ‘Home for me has never really meant safeness’

As a storyteller, through a so-called confessional art, I manage to engage the viewer with my candid exploration of both personal and universal emotions, sometimes good, sometimes tragic as everybody’s life. I use to reveal some of the most intimate life details, connecting my work and personal life, sharing my intimacy. The often sexually provocative attitude connects my work with a feminist discourse.

Inspired by personal life events, the video installation, together with the live performance shows the dreams, the pleasures, humiliations, pains, failures and fears. They are all presented with brutal honesty, they are both tragic and humorous.

 

 

Venues (the whole video installation)

2017: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Vienna, Austria

2013:  100˚ Grade Festival. Sophiensaele. Berlin, Germany.

           15th Art and Media Biennale. Wroclaw, Poland.

           Month of Performance. Altes Finanzamt. Berlin, Germany.

           Musterzimmer Gallery. Berlin. Germany

2012: HB Berlin. Berlin, Germany.

          Agora. Berlin, Germany.

sophiensaele

100˚ Grade. HAU/ Sophiensaele Festival. Berlin 2013.

projeção

100˚ Grade. HAU/ Sophiensaele Festival. Berlin 2013.

wro 1

WRO 15th Media Art Biennale 2013

wro 4

wro 2