moments

2020, video-installation, 4-Kanal, color, HD, 4:3, 12:00’ min loop 2019.

Having a uterus and growing up as a cis female Johanna Baschke learned what women are expected to do, how they should act, look and feel. She was also taught that power lies in manly behavior. Her work illuminates the inner conflict between insecurity and control, heteronomy and self-determination, submissiveness and dominance, hiding and showing off. It looks at the challenges faced when trying to deconstruct gender norms and how these can tighten and highlight them simultaneously. It asks questions about whether we can tell when our actions derive from actual choice or are driven by a binary social norm. The reflection on these situations shows how fragile and exchangeable the binary system can be.

Everybody wears several masks and there is no true self – Sociologist Erving Goffman looks at the presentation of self from the perspective of the dramatic performance. He shows how people use props, clothes, gestures, words and more to build up and present a certain character that is demanded by rules of class, culture, gender and more. MOMENTS exaggerates this performance, precisely the performance of gender, into absurdity. It reveals the personal struggle handling social pressure and the pain ‘we’ put ourselves through. It makes hiding through masquerade the subject of discussion. How can one let the masks fall?