Self Portrait (Smile)

Heather Keung

2001, 25:00 minutes, colour/ silent


Self Portrait is an endurance performance art video whereby the artist attempts to smile for as long as she can. Focused on a closely framed image of her face, the video emphasizes the relationship between the artist's body to the camera and viewer. As she painfully forces the expression, the involuntary physical responses, such as twitching and drooling, gradually make it unbearable to perform.

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