it’s a small world

Two-channel video with sound (8’48” and 6’07” loop), balsa wood, mahogany, gold leaf, cotton, silk

it’s a small world was presented as a costume and a two-channel video installation. The costume, covering the body and head, was informed by: varied representations of the mythical 麒麟 and the unicorn; a series of drawings; and conversations with local craftspeople.

One video observes the costumed body wandering the jungle in solitude and silence; the other documents a number of my personal encounters with strangers, captured over one week in Sri Lanka. The two videos appeared simultaneously on two screens. With the screens facing one another, the creature 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.