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Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #77
I took my shadow shot earlier this week while watching a film at the Gallery of Modern Art. The short film, A Begger Woman (Lagos) is a performance art piece by Korean born, New York based artist Kim Sooja.
"In the isolation of her artwork, Kim seeks out a generalized correspondence with the world, but on her own terms and from her own experience. Her allegories are successful because they originate, despite seeming otherwise, from a highly individuated sense of purpose. In a way, Kim's anonymity is a subterfuge, a manner of relating a sense of self whose boundaries are so extended as to do away with the notions of limit entirely. The odd thing about Kim's isolation is that it in fact completely engages with her audience; just as she offers solitude as a way of emphasizing universal implications, so she underscores her autonomy as a way of proceeding toward a wide involvement with others. Indeed, her lonely actions appear to call for help; in the video A Beggar Woman, done in Lagos in 2001, she sits crosslegged, her palm extended for alms. Someone gives her some change, and the muteness of the scene intensifies the artist's vulnerability. We read the interaction as evidence of need everywhere; in her dramatization of want, Kim reduces herself, and us as well, to an egoless composite of desires, an enactment of utter poverty." ~ [excerpt from Conditions of Anonymity: The Performance Art of Kim Sooja by Jonathan Goodman]