Tania Smith, 'Untitled (walking)'

Video Art exhibition in Black Box Projects

Art Exhibition currently on at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia. Published by MAY SPACE on Sunday 08 April 2018. Wednesday 18 April 2018 to Saturday 12 May 2018.

Tania Smith, 'Untitled (walking)' (still), 2017, video - 7:13mins, edition of 3 + 1AP  image

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'Untitled (walking)' shows a woman in high heels navigating back and forth over a range of surfaces - rocky cliffs, sand dunes, or man-made spaces such as offices and bathrooms. Each surface creates its own set of challenges for the faceless woman, who persists onwards in a continual march across the terrain and back and forth across the screen.

‘Untitled (walking)’ conveys my interest in mimetic gestures (as detailed by theorist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray). I perform in feminine accoutrements such as dresses and heels to signify female experience. In the performances I employ a slightly exaggerated manner that points to the comedic language of slapstick. The video is tinted blue and screened without sound to reference silent cinema, a continuing interest for me and my work (my work has been strongly informed by the cinematic slapstick of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, reframed through a feminist lens). The video is shown looped, trapping the woman in an endless pursuit, back and forth, ever onwards, again and again….


409b George Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017