"Le silence n'existe pas" Isabelle Bonté
Living-art video installation
Le Silence n’existe pas is a living-art video installation. Broadcast on a wide plasma screen, a video shows a woman wearing a chadri (an Afghan veil covering the whole body, except for the eye area, which is covered by a concealing net).
When spectators draw nearer to the screen, the woman lifts off her chadri and smiles to them. She stays in this position for as long as a person stays in front of her and looks at her, or if another spectator takes over. As soon as the spectators move away and she is left alone, the woman’s image is replaced by images of a stoning. They stay on the screen for twenty seconds, and are replaced by the initial image of the veiled woman.
If spectators rush back towards the screen during the stoning scene, they are unable to interrupt it, and the reappearing veiled woman will only be able to lift her veil again after a set amount of time.
Via the theme of women’s freedom, this installation is a reflection on how we look at things and on commitment: What happens when we are no longer committed? To Isabelle Bonté, “looking at things is like starting to commit”.
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