June 29, 2018

How can we empower ourselves in the face of abuse?

How can we empower ourselves in the face of abuse?

Eva Wyse, 23

Art student, Lucy, is fed-up with her ex-boyfriend Tom’s incessant calling, she seeks her revenge in the form of live performance art. This micro-short cuts to the core of empowerment in the face of abuse, however short-lived this sense of empowerment may be. In a world where the #MeToo movement has become such an important cultural touchstone I believe it is important that we continue to create thought provoking work that touches on issues of toxic masculinity in a fresh and original manner. This film was an endeavour to incorporate experimental practise into a tangible narrative in order to create a reflective space for viewers to contemplate their own experiences of abuse and the desire to assert one’s own agency in these situations. In creating this work I was toying with my own interest in considering to what extent sexualised imagery is reinforcing its own problematic connotations despite the fact that it may be existing in a subversive narrative framework, or conversely to what extent this ‘subversive framework’ serves as a productive tool in engaging with sexualised imagery.