Original visual design by Grafik Butik
Development & modifications by El–Sphere
Video excerpt (Channel 1)
Video excerpt (Channel 2)
Video still fron the peephole
Alyaa negotiates a complex relationship between inside and outside. It is a memorial to a girl, Alyaa, who is lost in a cultural conflict between modern life and old-fashioned traditions. Her conservative parents forced her into an early marriage to save and protect her from the outside world, but in the end, she was locked inside an overwhelming commitment she was not ready to experience, but not able to escape.
The work consists of two video projections: one in the room and the other to be viewed through a security peephole in the wall. The first projection confronts the viewer entering the space, as an opaque window concealing the silhouette of a woman hidden behind the wall. She is constantly scratching the paint off the glass with a razor, trying to steal a view of the outside world. Through the security viewer, the second video features a naked woman pacing, panicking, and thrashing inside a sealed metal box.
Two channels video/Sound installation
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Duration video #1: 00’24’34 min. (Loop)
Duration video #2: 00'02'27 min. (Loop)
Technical requirements: 1 HD projector, 26inch flat screen, peephole, 10 doors, frosted rear projection surface, 3 active speakers and door handles
Installation view: The MAC/VAL Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris – 2008