HD VIDEO, 2:16 min, 2018

MONTHLY RITUAL: relocating one's own shame

In this ritual of cinematic performance a variety of brooms sweep archetypal and symbolic objects under various carpets. The kinetic images latch on an audio collage that includes words from Mitt Romney and Bodyform's CEO Caroline Williams; a K&B Drug Store Feminine Hygiene Products Sale Commercial from 1994 and distorted feminine health educational videos. It was devised to exorcise taboos about the female body, menstruation, the economy of feminine health, political rhetoric and pain.
Patriarchal historical shame can lead you to feel as though your whole self is flawed, bad, or subject to exclusion, so I propose a simple ritual to  relocate it somewhere else while engaging in a conversation with the History of Bodily Fluids in Feminist Art.

 

© 2019 Ruth Somalo