Identity in Isolation

Buseje Bailey

1995, 16:00 minutes, colour, English


Through a unique combination of visual images the video plays with a certain vision of reality and illusion - histories and culture(s) and the ambiguities of a cultural or a national identity. The artist combines the work created - video and computer techno-applications to explore her aesthetics.

She explores her connection to image(s) created outside of herself. Her question is how can she identify herself with everyone else's words, when she did not create the descriptives - language. Identity in Isolation occurs because some groups and/or individuals are labelled without regard to history, politics, economics, culture, etc.
We come to believe in labels and to limit ourselves within the parameter of that imposed identity.

Each set of geographical, political and sociological circumstances prescribe different labels. We have to struggle to mediate between what we know to be the self and the outward deluge of imposed descriptives.

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