Beneath the Barong
"Beneath the Barong" explores race, gender and sexuality using performance, light and shadow, and sexy Elvis eyebrows...
A single-channel video is projected onto a translucent fabric screen. A figure in shadow is revealed wearing a Barong Tagalog, a traditional men's formal shirt and symbol of national pride in the Philippines. The subject slowly strikes a "macho" pose with eyebrows arched like the best Filipino Elvis-impersonator.
Light shines through the elegant shirt to reveal the body beneath the Barong.
gender/TROUBLING - a group show curated by Pam Patterson with Serena Lee. With work by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Loree Erickson, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Alexandra Hazisavvas, Frances Mahon, and performance by Claudia Wittmann at XPACE Cultural Centre (Toronto) November 25 to 30, 2008
Read the essay on "gender/TROUBLING"