Object-Orientalis

Eva Rocha's avatar Eva Rocha Vote Code: 65289

In Object Orientalis, I project-map videos of women into art crates filled with various forms of packaging. The video loops giving the impression of living beings inside crates. They face the viewer from time to time. Unlike other images of women depicted in the vast majority of Western Art, these women struggle uncomfortably against the constraints of these packages used to trade them as objects of consumption. I invite the viewer to look directly at these women and even touch their virtual bodies in a public forum, challenging their own relationship to bodies of 'the other'. Object-Orientalis, www.objectorientalis.com, explores the correlation between the de-humanized commercial relationship we have developed with art objects and the ways we have allowed ourselves to objectify the human, perhaps allowing apathetic attitudes towards social issues such as human trafficking. It questions dehumanization in art and, subsequently, the dehumanization of the viewer.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 2'
  • Medium: Digital Video / Sculpture / Project Mapping
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 18'