Two-channel, HD video installation with sound (8’48” and 6’07”, looped); unicorn costume
JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, 2017
Made during Sura Medura Residency, commissioned by UZ Arts
I created a costume, covering the body and the face, which resembles the unicorn – the Scottish national animal – as described in East Asian mythology. The costume was informed by a series of drawings, and conversations with local craftspeople.
This work was exhibited as a two-channel video installation: one video observes the unicorn wandering the jungle in solitude and silence; the other documents a number of my encounters with male strangers, captured over one week in Sri Lanka. The two videos appeared simultaneously on two screens. With the screens facing one another, the unicorn became the object of the male gaze. A contemporary tale alluding to notions of identity and the position of the outsider in a patriarchal society.
The video can be viewed online here [password: unicorn].