Conspiracy of Lies

Nelson Henricks

1992, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


Conspiracy Of Lies speaks of the alienation of minorities, consumer culture, urban isolation and the fine balance between mental order and chaos. The tape begins with my voice recounting the story of the discovery of a series of diary entries and lists written by an anonymous author. When I found the texts, I assumed the author to be a white, gay man, like myself. Through the use of twelve narrators of different race, gender, religion and sexual orientation, I attempted to destabilize my own subjectivity and challenge my preexisting assumptions regarding difference. The tape begins and ends with two texts written by myself. This, I hope, helps to render the boundary between myself and the anonymous author ore fluid, thereby questioning the "authority" of authorship.

Suite à la découverte de fragments d'un journal personnel, Henricks s'identifie à son auteur anonyme en supposant que celui-ci est gay et de race blanche. En invitant douze narrateurs et narratices de différentes races, genres, religions et orientations sexuelles à lire ces fragments, le vidéaste souhaite déjouer sa propre subjectivité. L'auteur questionne la perception d'un auteur à l'égard de son sujet, de même que son propre comportement face à celui-ci.

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