Jana Papenbroock

Jana Papenbrook

Work from My Mystical Self.

“My Mystical Self is a found footage video installation consisting of digital self-portraits. The omnipresence of self-monitoring, social performance and staged soliloquy illustrates the internalized public prospect, which is represented by the camera’s eye. In a confessional manner, the private body is inspected, measured, commented on and exhibited to the eyes of an anonymous audience.

The gaze on the self is deflected by the camera and mirror so that eventually the subject looks itself in the eyes as a stranger to itself, like in a schizoid soliloquy.

This narcissistic autism becomes particularly evident in the image of the subject kissing it’s own reflection. Sexual attraction is less and less correlated to the other and evermore directed to a reproduced image of an idealised and disowned self..” – Jana Papenbroock

via Rhizome Art Base.

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