Using the face as a medium this work explores the dynamic interplay of forces from within and outside our bodies. Exploring relationships between mortality, patriarchy and beauty, and also race and identity, this work can be seen as a broader metaphor for “resistance“ to dominant powers.
Melbourne based Video and performance artist Jane Korman and I collaborated for the first time this year and developed a series of new works during a week long residency in Professor Anne Marsh’s Doing Feminism / Sharing the World program. We experimented with a combination of photography, performance video, a live sound installation and participatory processes to explore cycles of life and death through intersections of feminism. This is one of the works we took to completion.
Sapna Chandu 8.4.75
Jane Korman 15.4.55
…As expectations surrounding beauty, age and mortality change, we ask ourselves: how can we reconcile a mature-age sense of self worth, in an era of ‘hyper-beauty’.
Facelift 2018 was captured during our development period. It’s an experimental and spontaneous kind of a feminist parody, a take on the cosmetic industry – booming due to the consumption of injectables and surgery. To be shown along side the finished works above.