Things I Wish They'd Told Me Instead

Things I Wish They’d Told Me Instead is a sculptural video installation. A series of looping glances, appropriated from queer films with female-centric narratives from the late 1980s and 1990s, are mapped onto plaster casts of the artist’s eyes. Nine sets of eyes are arranged in a circular shape on a blank wall, with a different video loop mapped onto each pair. Creating a sense of infinite contemplation and congress, it is a lament for the “alternative” narratives excluded from the romantic drama genre of film of that time period, as well as an exploration of the female gaze in cinema. While representing the subjective impact of these lost narratives, this installation also personifies marginalized stories and characters. Cinema is presented as both an embodied cultural experience and a self-reflexive medium.

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