“Egress” explores how women living under an authoritarian regime use fiction, books, and the printed page to subvert their restrictive environment. The women find ways to maintain a veneer of compliance with social edicts while transcending the government’s manufactured illusion, eventually creating their own reality. Inspired by Azar Nafisi’s memoir, “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”
The piece consists of a video projection onto a tall stack of books and the wall behind it. The piece runs as a continuous video loop that is 6:32 min. and has an accompanying detailed sound track. Animated segments, live action video and collaged photos all fuse together to create the peculiar cityscape in which events unfold.
Mixed media: books, HD video projector, media player w/HD movie file, speakers, 84 x 140 x 192 inches. Video plays loop that is 6:32 min.
~DLECTRICITY: Nuit Blanche Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, 2014
~Currents 2014: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, New Mexico
~Screengrab International Media Arts Award Exhibition, Queensland, Australia, 2015
~Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2015
~Ceres Gallery, New York City, 2014
Private collection, New York City.