Caitlin Hulscher, 1995 - 2011, 3'39''

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On Soap you see black-and-white pictures for almost 4 minutes on end of a young, apparently 'non-western' person thouroughly washing herself with soap. You hear a few bars of exotic music, enviromental sounds, water. You can hardly picture the surroundings where Soap takes place. On the background some vegetation can be seen. In short, it remains unclear how 'exotic' or how 'average' the origin of the images really are. The washing and soaping becomes almost ritual, although it still is an accurate and factual registration of the practice of washing. Soap seems to purposely burden the viewer with vagueness and ambiguity about the context of what is filmed. Through the soundtrack we find ourselves either 'inside' or 'outside' the character. As if to challenge ad provoke our prejudices about the unknown as well as the known. Read more...

  • Date: 1995 - 2011
  • Length: 3'39''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: everyday life, other, the, third world/non-western culture