DEUX FEMMES (for Man Ray)

video, 84 mins, 2017.

 

Deux femmes (for Man Ray) creates a dialogue with Man Ray’s porno footage that was found in his atelier after his death in a canister marked “Deux Femmes”, shot in 1937. Man Ray’s preoccupation with the female body as sculpture and the imminence of amateur pornography today, were what necessitated a dialogue to me. Adhering to his particular compositions and actions within them, I collected matching shots from online pornos made by amateurs to recreate it. I then printed the frames, presenting them in my video as I stack them in a pile. This unhurried process of paper stacking slows down the otherwise speedy porn media consumption and allows us to examine the female body as sculpture today.