Oriana (single channel video installation)

Juana Awad

2008, 12:10 minutes, English / Spanish


This work emerges from my research into the relationship between the actor and the character; what is the dividing line? What are the elements that make them what they are? When does the self seep through the character? When does the self seep through the performer? When does the self seep through our daily life roles? This video documents what happens when Oriana sits in front of the mirror to look into her eyes. I have asked her to look at herself in the privacy of her home and let herself just be until the private begins to seep through her mask.

This subtle work travels into the personal with simplicity using cinematic conventions while subtly disrupting them with the light in and out of focus that makes manifest the most revelatory moments. A single channel video to be installed for one to one viewing in the gallery space.

Presenting: Oriana Barbato.

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