Hester Scheurwater Videoworks: Volume 2

00:18:11 | 1 DVD

Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Animals, Body, European Film/Video, Family, Feminism, Gender, Mental Landscape, Performance, Videoworks, Youth/Childhood

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Hester Scheurwater Videoworks: Volume 2

In her overt challenge to conventional modes of femininity and sexuality, Hester Scheurwater confronts the viewer with her own body. The distorted, doll-like characters she plays in her video performances balance between fantasy and reality shifting between being vulnerable, violent, inviting and threatening. Scheurwater's characters are portrayed as isolated, confused and damaged—physically and emotionally—and unable to connect to their surroundings. Scheurwater’s provocative and unsettling works address relationships, notions of decorum, and the portrayal of women in the media.

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Poster Girl
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As if trapped inside a nightmare, the main protagonist of Poster Girl is haunted by disturbing visions, thoughts and fantasies, which the viewer is privy to. She is joined at various points in the video by another woman, whose role in the narrative...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, european film/video, feminism, mental landscape, performance, sexuality

Ani(fe)mal(e)
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Woman, monster, animal? A portrait of a woman's face, the movement slowed down and reversed, the grotesquely made-up face examined in close-up.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animals, body, gender, mental landscape, performance

Bruises
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A bruise on her face. The woman has white makeup, bright red lips and dark-rimmed eyes, which are largely covered by her hair. Without uttering a word, she hits her face, head and upper body.  

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, performance

Hester Scheurwater
2005 | 02:41
Mama
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"Mama mama mama...," a woman calls out again and again, over and over. Is it her child that she mimics, or is she calling for her own mother? A desperate video performance in the first person.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, european film/video, family, feminism, gender, mental landscape, performance, psychoanalysis, youth/childhood

Hester Scheurwater
2006 | 01:48
Baby
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A mother holds her child. Her face barely shows expression.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, family, mental landscape, performance, youth/childhood

It Hurts
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The repeatedly distorted, primate behaviour of an (ani)female carrying her baby, reflecting the pain and suffering provoked by the mother/child relationship.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, european film/video, family, mental landscape, performance, youth/childhood

Hester Scheurwater
2007 | 02:30
Purify
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Purify shows a disconnected women washing herself in blood.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: feminism, gender, mental landscape

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