Sophia Hewson: Untitled (‘Are You OK Bob?’)

MARS Gallery, Melbourne, 2016.

“The video Untitled (“are you ok bob?”) shows the face of the artist as she experiences a self-orchestrated ‘rape representation’. The scene was arranged and choreographed by the artist, it was also un-simulated and enacted by a stranger who came to her home.

“The raped woman is nearly always represented with her face downcast and her eyes averted. The most confronting aspect of Untitled (“are you ok bob?”), isn’t watching as a woman is struck or penetrated, it’s seeing her look back out at us from the experience. Caught in her gaze, the viewer is not only forced to bear witness to her subjectivity, but implicated in her desolation.

The title Untitled (“are you ok bob?”) refers to …” *

* text source

documentor: kerry leonard  camera: lx100

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