Elena Tejada-Herrera is a trans-disciplinary artist that was born in Peru and is known for her work in performance-, social- and multidisciplinary arts. Her work promotes the participation of the public, employing different art disciplines as well as non-artistic practices into the artwork. These means have been, among others, paint, drawing, video, sculpting materials and techniques and any combination of these.
Elena Tejada-Herrera’s video “Intimacy” (from the Art with an MBA series) is presented at The Beholder group exhibition at SomoS, October 23-29, 2017. The 3 minutes and 44 seconds video conflates scenarios of sexual- and economic crisis.
“Everything is connected,” Tejada-Herrera states, “our sexual being exists within a capitalist society within a global economy. Uncertainty follows, but we are survivors, and despite our struggles to survive we strive for human and sexual connections. There is a moment for hope while the light provides calm…”
Recorded with a selfie stick, the short video has an exhibitionist character, while addressing the public’s gaze. It presents a window into Tejada-Herrera’s sexual failures and attempts to establish sexual connections, featuring both real sexting and virtual sexual fantasizing with a girlfriend.
“The camera gives me power. I control the gaze by the act of framing my own image, which is at the same time offered for consumption. I exist within fluidity. My audience is of any gender and any sexuality. But since I don’t perceive the body as sacred, this image is fresh, and unapologetic. It is the happy image of a woman enjoying herself, and sharing this enjoyment through art. Her enjoyment comes from sharing her failures while looking at the future as provider of more opportunities for unknown encounters and enjoyment. She is beyond her failures because it is all about self-love. She knows how to laugh at herself. And there is nothing more celebratory than sharing it. I want to share this celebration with the audience and to generate a collective empathy through humor.”
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