Why did you do it?
21 November 2019
My new focus now it conflicts into a public matter. We always come across these conversations and people are not ready to be confronted.
In this project and new practice, I am inspired by the people in my environment and the media. In the summer of 2019, Cyprus a young girl accused 12 men of a gang-rape that later on came on to be false allegations. It was truly shocking for both ways to think that people will do such a thing to a young girl and for a young girl to make false allegations. Now we don't know exactly what is true or not in a situation like this, although there are still consequences to it. The victims are left with wounds and scars and the predators are shamed of what they have done.
I believe that there are a lot of emotions that the survivors have felt or still feeling, that people that have never been sexually harassed can not understand and only feel empathy.
Through this video, I tried to place the viewer as the perpetrator and myself as the victim. I used tactics like Bruce Nauman in the "Clown Torture" which used this idea of play in a twisted situation. It is sort of the cartoons that make fun of politicians; that makes it funny but underline that there is a seriousness into it.
The costume is not trying to make fun of the victim but to pull away any concept of objectification or sexualization that may happen if I used any other sort of persona or gender. Using something that is neutral makes it focus on the real issue and the twists.