Ming-Zhu Hii, Untitled, 2017, digital film still

Ming-Zhu Hii, Untitled, 2017, digital film still


Ming-Zhu Hii

4 – 27 May 2017
Opening night: Thursday 4 May, 6-8pm

Dead Drop explores secret, physical and visual observations of women and their bodies. It is a meditation on relationships between the surveillance state, domestic violence, feminism, terror and power. The work takes the form of fragmented still frames and prose from the artist’s short film Close Observations of a Single Subject (2016), an investigation into the complex relationships that women in positions of power have with the lives and bodies of other women. 

This project uses the John Le Carré-esque trope of the existentialist spy novel genre to explore the concept of the violation of the female body; the female body as a subtler, more poetic metaphor for the body politic, and the erosion of human rights with increasing mass surveillance and data retention. The act of spying functions as a conduit for the observation and objectification of the female body in public space. 



Close Observations of a Single Subject, 2016
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