Under my skin, 2:33 min, video, color, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2014

Under my skin, 2:33 min, video, color, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2014

 

As a farmer from Goa, India, I propose to bring together the concept of skin and rice to address gender issues and performance in the Asian context. I grow rice in my agricultural land in Goa. I have used this rice for my performance. 

Through the act of peeling my own skin, I am peeling away cultural constructions that has conditioned my image. It is my means of conquering societal judgements on race and finally recognizing and claiming my body as my own. 

I believe that the strength of the female body is to be able to form a language that can express directly against the system that is dominated by men. I feel women have the potential to generate subversion of the patriarchal language due to their existing position in the psychoanalytical model of the subject construction.