39 Steps Until Disappearance

 
 
 

2013 / PERFORMANCE-FOR-THE-CAMERA, INKJET PRINTS

39 Steps Until Disappearance

39 Steps Until Disappearance is a photographic experiment using sequential imagery and performance-for-the-camera in an attempt to harness affect through triggers such as dividing lines and liminal space, with the horizon line acting as a signifier of time and space measurement. Each sequence documents the performance of a woman, surrounded and eventually enveloped by, the natural space around her. The woman’s performance explores feminism as a linear narrative by emphasising a linear movement through time and space. The series is titled by the number of steps it took for the woman to disappear completely from the photographic image. 

The transient nature of the costume in these images acts as an ambivalent symbol implicitly alluding to the (female) body underneath. The images refer to the act of undressing, and the casting off of the heavy coat signifies a rejection of the (man-made) constructs of femininity while subtly referencing the fashion industry’s perpetuation of this construct. After the coat is discarded, the viewer is left with the uncovered woman, but eventually even she disappears and only the coat remains. The woman’s disappearance is left intentionally ambiguous—it acts as both a conscious and unconscious act of finality and loss.