Save Face

‘Save Face’ Video still Image by Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2020

If to ‘Save Face’ centres on our fear of humiliation and reputation, then our instinct may be to change face, hide face, to become faceless? Yet, if we were to be fearless, would our strength be to protect our face, our visual identity, to confront matters face on and without concern that our individual human image will be harmed? ‘Save Face’, a stark photographic portrait, almost non-human in appearance yet distinctively of the artist herself and that of her partner, both captured in a performance of physical endurance. As we ask ourselves “How to survive?” “How to communicate?” whilst asking others to “Talk to me… what do you want?”

‘Save Face; by Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2020

Trusting fellow humans in sharing our inner most thoughts, shy in that our facial expressions may reveal emotional truth, even the rush of colour as our face flushes with embarrassment.. a glow, ‘Save Face’ is saved through the outer face. No more vulnerability, completely protected and brave to look forward. However, I am now without voice, my breathing is limited and I cannot press my lips against another human. No matter, as my anti ageing shimmer is reward, I see your face worn and story told. ‘Save Face’, the beauty of fear.

See Video here: https://vimeo.com/435818330

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