Nahed Mansour

2009, 03:05 minutes, B&W, Silent

TAPECODE 1056.01

Measuring is a video-performance shot on super-8 film referencing ethnographic films that document non-Western women, particularly popular during the mid-20th century. Mansour films herself individually inserting twenty-eight wooden tongue depressors in her mouth, each one symbolizing a letter in the Arabic alphabet. Conceived as an auto-ethnographic examination, the work speaks to questions of authenticity, identity, and reclamation.

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