Youjia Lu
Chora
2015
Video
1:50mins
Chora is an ancient Greek term for a location outside society, or for an unformed substrate of the self. I use this word as a gesture toward my unsocial, unformed self – or a gesture slipping away from my self – in a state of being fluid and apparitional.
This gesture uses my body and face like photographic emulsion, exposed to an image in a dark room that is projected onto it from an enlarger.
My body fluid is the bath of developer. I soak in my image just as my face floats in its solution.
My mouth fills with saliva.
My eyes are blinded by amniotic fluid.
Like darkroom processing, Chora then appears as I drown in the stop bath.
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