recasting olympia

video, 4 minutes, 2005

This video, inspired by the compositional framework of Manet’s Olympia, sets a nude woman assuming the position of the reclining nude until she is interrupted by yet another woman who pushes the ?rst out. This sequence repeats between the two women with increased aggression and ends in a wrestling match. The tension between the “olympiad” women humorously yet earnestly questions the positioning of power regarding male gaze, and put these two woman in charge of their own agency by their choosing/vying to remain on screen.