Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cabello/Carceller

Un beso (A Kiss), VHS transferred into DVD, b/w, sound, 4’

Un beso (A Kiss), VHS transferred into DVD, b/w, sound, 4’

Cabello/Carceller. Un beso (A Kiss), VHS transferred into DVD, b/w, sound, 4’, 1996.

Description:
The work "Un beso" (A Kiss, January 1996), shown in the 2007 exhibition "Global Feminisms" at the Brooklyn Museum, is a conceptually complex but formally direct self-portrait. The video reflects on the paradoxes existing in human relationships and the dynamics that operate in collaboration. On the surface of the image, the identity of its characters emerges unfinished, and the work of completing it is left to the public. The use of black and white recalls the performative video pieces in the seventies, but in this occasion the scene appears fragmented, whereas the two faces kissing on the screen seem to be fighting to occupy its center while escaping the spectator’s gaze, a spectator whose visual pleasure is also restricted by a violent discussion that resonates from the background.

Medium:
Video

Tags:
gender, Spain, identity, self-portrait, queer

Images
Exercises of Power. Cases: Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), Fred MacMurray, John Lemmon (The Apartment), DVD, b/w, sound, 8’15’’Casting: James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause), DVD, colour, sound, 32’ 50’’Autorretrato como fuente (Self-Portrait as a Fountain), colour photography, 150 x 100 cm.Instrucciones de uso (Instructions for Use), DVD, colour, sound, 6’30’’Sin título (Utopia) # 9, colour photography, 50 x 70 cm.Alguna parte (SomeWhere) # 28, colour photography, 120 x 180 cm.Un beso (A Kiss), VHS transferred into DVD, b/w, sound, 4’

Location
Madrid, Madrid
Spain

Contact
cabellocarceller@gmail.com

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