Exercises In Faith: Embrace

Julieta Maria

2011, 06:00 minutes, colour, no dialogue, closed captions

TAPECODE 1004.11

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

In this video I hold a fish, a lebranche fish, while it dies. The video explores my relationship with a living animal normally destined to consumption and finds common ground in the cycle of life and death. I embrace guilt and embrace what is other while suffocating it: A sacrificial rite that intends to take the fish out of his place as object of consumption and imagines a continuum or connection based in our mortality.

As in some of my other videos, there is minimal movement and the setting is a neutral, plain background. There is a tension between mobility and immobility and between indifference and emotional intensity.

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