by Christine KHALAFIAN
2002 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 8' 00
Mental comfort is always at the mercy of physical discomfort and alteration when it comes to beauty. Getting rid of hair is a learned behaviour for women in order to be generally accepted as feminine / sexual / dainty beings. Ironically, the more we take off our bodies, the more we resemble the frail little girls we have already outgrown. Mark Set Burn comments on the behavior of waxing in an abstract and experimental form. It also reveals the capacity of the camera to be an incredible microscopic tool, capable of registering on film the minuscule world of body. hair in all its glory. It captures the tiny strands of hair as if they are fun little live creatures with erratic movements and particular behavior. The film emulsion also endures similar distress as it is manipulated and handled in the same way as the skin. The film evolves from the bluish sterile body itself with fluids and what seem to be blood vessels expanding and contracting and sometimes bursting. What is seen on screen is therefore a fusion between a sort of microscopic documentation of the body and the waxing experience in general.
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