PROTEST AND DESIRE (exceprt)
4K / 2-channel video / 19.55 min / Surround Sound / 2019
Video by Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo | Director of Photography Julia Geiss | Sound Design Sum Sum Shen
Protest and Desire is a video artwork that challenges popular STD / HIV discourse by focusing on how women of color deal with intimacy, sex, and age that relates to STDs and HIV within the landscape of white Europe.
The video concentrates on an endearing 2 year portrait of, “Lillian”, a 49 year old woman from Uganda who has lived in Germany since the early 2000s as a consequence of her HIV status. Her words disentangle notions about how women of color relate to their own sexuality, interracial relationships, ideas of belonging, and their personal complexities with HIV / STDs. The work delicately unveils inherent biases that are bound to women of color and their struggle to attain acceptance both within and outside their own communities. Through dream like sequences and whimsical imagery, Protest and Desire imagines new ways to define what is normal and propels new meaning on “sickness”, desire, and relationships by confronting the ghosts of the past and the fears that haunt our present realities.
Kindly Supported by: Delight Rental Service , The Berlin Senate, The District Cultural Fund of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain, Galerie im Turm, Edited at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Winnipeg Canada
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