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Untitled (shaving performance 2010)

2014, SD Video, 16:21 min
A collaboration with Katherine Hubbard
Untitled (shaving performance 2010) is a document of a privately held performance, in which Hubbard used a straight razor to remove the hair from the lower half of Burns’ body. The work looks at how desire, intimacy and fetish operate for queer woman through a re-staging of images found at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco of a gay mens fetish dungeon in the 1970’s. The act of shaving body hair, a fetish gesture reserved for men but normalized for woman, is activated here as a query of beauty standards and their relationship to libidinal desire. The video cuts from original footage to a re-recording footage off a monitor, effectively displacing the notion of originality while dually acknowledging the act of mimicry.

A.K. Burns, Shave

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A.K. Burns, Shave

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A.K. Burns, Shave

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Untitled (shaving performance 2010), 2014, SD Video, 16:21 min