Is female subjectivity possible within a patriarchal system? The following discussion investigates feminist thought though equality, difference and androgyny, mapping the achievements, setbacks, advantages and disadvantages of each through the theories of Luce Irigaray, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva and others.
‘where our bodies hit the world’ is an attempt to conform to a standard and being found lacking. A performance evolved to control our bodies which only undermine the regulation. Resulting in performative photographic and video work around trauma, rage and resilience.
New Zealand based artist Justine Walker uses repetition, performance and lived experience to research longing, loss, acceptance and family. Her latest video work ‘do you love me?’ is a longing for acceptance. A woman plays into the miscommunication of love by sending semaphore signals in mirror image. The red & yellow Oscar flags, used to signal at sea, increase the distance as she repeatedly asks passers-by, ‘do you love me?’, not knowing if the question is noticed, heard or understood.
‘do you love me?’ is a video work of a woman using a child size pair of semaphore flags to repeatedly signal ‘do you love me’. However, the woman is signalling in mirror image, a common mistake when first learning semaphore, playing further into the miscommunication around love. The flags are red & yellow Oscar flags used to signal at sea, increasing the miscommunication and distance between performer and viewer.