Exercises In Faith: Cut

Julieta Maria

2010, 06:15 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1004.09

Available for single channel presentations or as an installation loop.
From the series Exercises in Faith.

In this video, the gesture of rupture and healing is grounded in the banal activity of cutting and sewing. I sit in front of the camera, wearing a black t–shirt, with a black background. It is a medium shot of my torso, from my navel up. I am facing the camera, but my mouth is the only part of my face that enters the frame. I do a vertical cut of my t-shirt with a pair of scissors, upwards in the direction of my neck. I put the scissors down and then I pull a needle and thread and start sowing the shirt in the same direction. The action is performed blindly, without moving my head.

The motionless neck speaks to a disconnection between body and head, suggesting an emotional detachment of the subject from herself and from the operations performed; the subject’s lack of eye contact with the hands makes the cutting and sewing awkward and clumsy.

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