Tanya Murdoch

1993, 07:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


I record a friend describing his many scars and, while listening to his stories, began to think about what it would be like to be a scar, to be a permanent part of someone's body and memory. This video uses scar as a simile for both physical and mental inscription. The young man onscreen proudly details his scars in a grotesque and absurd litany; between his stories, a poetic text describes the desire to be remembered and to affect another person permanently as becoming a scar, never to be forgotten... I want to be a scar on your body, to have touched you when it would still leave a mark...
Images of markmaking (splashing, road construction, sewing) weave between and then through images of the story teller. The juxtaposition of texts and images is both disturbing and poignant.

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