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The thresholds of the body between internal and external are often difficult to define; the border is very often imperceptible or indeterminable to locate absolutely. This liminal space of the body is one of ambiguity as it shifts constantly between one state and the other. It does not fit within the binary system of inside/outside, but instead creates an added space between these states of being. It evades labelling and avoids being named or categorised, and instead sits between those things that are named and tangible. It is at the borders and edges of the binary objects; at the threshold from one space to another and within this liminal space, where transitions can occur and meaning and containment can change and shift. The threshold behaves as a site or catalyst for this change, prompting or behaving as process of flux. In this way the threshold becomes a place where change can, or has the potential to, occur.

Edging Toward An Edge displays abstracted views of orifices of the body. The orifices are on occasion moving or dilated, which posits the body as an active, animated body, as opposed to a passive one. The shots are static in movement, however the minimal focus area on the picture plane travels slowly, often imperceptibly, from the surface of the skin outside the orifice, over its threshold to the internal space of the body. The viewer is encouraged to centre their attention on the liminal process or action of crossing these bodily borders. The imagery is projected at a large scale so that the openings of the orifices are displayed as large enough for the viewer’s body to fit through, emphasising the possibility for that threshold to be crossed. As the focus tracks across the surface of the body, moving ever closer to the threshold of the opening, it edges towards the perceivable edge of the body. However, as the viewer slowly and incrementally approaches the threshold, there is a sudden realisation that the threshold has already been crossed, and that one cannot pinpoint exactly when that event occurred.

jessie.imam@gmail.com

Jessie Imam
Edge Toward An Edge
2014

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Jessie Imam
Jessie Imam
Jessie Imam
Jessie Imam
Edge toward an edge
2014

Single chanel high definition digital video, sound looped

Jessie Imam

Single channel high definition digital video, sound looped

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