Untitled Veils

Between 2013-2015, I researched the history and contemporary uses of veils, garments of concealment and fetish costumes. Using video, photography, social performance and immersive research, this project explored issues surrounding zenocentrism, cultural appropriation, sexuality, and transcendence from the physical body into digital bodies. Through inhabiting the veil, I felt my body become a fetishization of the eyes and the act of looking. When seen in the still photographs, my body became an isolated form, appearing as an object or void within a landscape. Through performance using a live camera and customized chroma-key software, I experienced a sense of empowerment over having agency of my own image. The veil and my physical appearance became mediated associations of cultural aesthetic symbols, in order to create new layers of meaning.