Talk to me and I slap you (Installation, 2017)
This is a work that offers a digital one-to-one encounter. The viewer is invited to take a seat opposite a life-sized projection of a young woman, and don a headset with microphone. A sign on the table reads the title of the piece, Talk to me and I slap you. She meets your eyes, modelling charm and communication – until you interrupt her. The video then engages in an audio-visual retaliation reaching out from the two-dimensional plane into the viewer's kinaesthetic space.
This installation raises questions about the figure of the angry woman, the role of casual violence and the dynamics of authority in interpersonal relationships. How do women navigate the set stereotypes of female representation to assert independence and authority? And at what cost? At the same time, this installation is a capsule of the two-way relationship between artist and spectator, and the complexity of a condensed art-object/artist/interlocutor that produces a viewer acutely aware of their embodied physicality and vulnerability.