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Coelho, Baptist

Baptist Coelho (India)

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Title: Crosslegged
2008, 1:00
Exploring cultural differences within sub-cultures where the subtle nuances of body language can be read as the ‘other’. I set the stage in an office reception area and re-enacts a true story of a man who experiences discrimination based on a simple act of crossing his legs. A harmless natural gesture, yet its social meaning makes it submissive and feminine, bringing out deep-rooted prejudice against sexuality. I have drawn inspiration from the photographer, Jeff Wall, who understood that gestures which seem to be automatic and mechanical dwell deeply somewhere social.