Two woman occupy one space. Without showing their faces, the camera lingers on their bodies in images that capture both from an extreme high angle. The camera, set at ground level, distorts the female body, even creating a grotesque effect. A voice repeatedly calls for a women: “Lisa…come here…don’t be afraid…that’s it I won’t hurt you.” This film is a stunning piece of video art which explores the gaze on the female body, and the desires and violence overwhelming it as well.
Hester Scheurwater (1971) studied monumental art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Under the guise of self-portraits, she investigates and critiques the role of woman as a sex object. Photographs of herself posing before a mirror reflects both Scheurwater’s inner thoughts and outward appearance. “The mirrored self-images are my way of reacting on the imitated and fake media images, which are constantly calling upon our imagination, without intending to be taken too seriously, ” she explains. ” I try to deconstruct this call’s effect with my reactions by switching the ‘subject-object’ relationship, without being victimized by it.” Scheurwater’s work is sexually explicit, and therefore well known.The explicit images in her work are shocking and prompt discussion about the purported sexualisation of society. At the same time, her works also share links with international feminist art. Scheurwater’s videos were part of feminist programs and exhibitions, including those at the Brooklyn Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art in the USA.