I’m Nobody! Who are You? is comprised of a series of life-sized video portraits projected side by side. Each subject was asked to gaze into the camera for a period of time while his or her portrait was recorded. There is a subtle, but visible, shift in the emotional response of the subject which varies according to personality and comfort level. Their countenance evolves over time for an imagined viewer through the lens of the objective, ever present, camera. For the viewer the tension of watching and being watched only subsides when he or she allows for a state of suspension away from place, time and narrative construct. The title of the work adopted from the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name, refers to the question of identity and whether the mediated image can adequately reflect the reality of the subject.
source: Maya Ciarrocchi
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
I'm Nobody! Who Are You? (59:14)
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