FRAMING SOCIETY | Dafna Tal’s video installation You’re Gorgeous, You’re Mad (2019) reveals the complex image of one’s self-perception. In this work, Tal investigates how we interact with ourselves when no one is watching, or listening. In the first of two self-confronting acts, participants were invited to express their thoughts and feelings about themselves, both likes and dislikes. Their voices were recorded and used for the second act in which the participants were confronted with their own reflections whilst listening to the audio pieces from the first session. This confrontation evoked a wide range of feelings and reactions, as well as an intensified confrontation between their conscious and subconscious self-image. The work was created in Cape Charles, Virginia, USA, as part of the artist residency Experimental Film Virginia.
The project has been supported by Det Obelske Familiefond, the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation.
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ARTIST’S VIDEO INTRODUCTION
“I find the participants of this project to be incredibly honest and courageous. They have made two types of confessions which are both equally socially unacceptable and embarrassing: a confession about their perceived traits, which is considered in many societies to be arrogant, as well as revealing what they perceive to be their weaknesses- another element which is normally considered to be socially unattractive.” – Dafna Tal on the most important thing to understand about You’re Gorgeous, You’re Mad.
Dafna Tal studied at New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP) and received an European Diploma from the Association Marcel Hicter, Belgium in cultural project management. Her artistic practice incorporates photography, video and sound and explores emotional and mental perceptions as expressed in various cultures and communities.
Tal’s works have been exhibited internationally including The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as well as at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Center in Sydney Australia, both in 2018. In the same year she was chosen to be a Canon ambassador. Her participation in group exhibitions includes ‘’Jerusalem: A self-Portrait’’ at the Museum On The Seam in Jerusalem (2019), and “The Women’s Eye”, Visa pour L’Image, Perpignan, France (2018).