Mixed Messages
Paul Wong, 1995
2 channel video installation, colour, stereo. w/ 3 life-size photographs

In this mixed media installation we meet Gina Gonzalez, a transsexual claiming to have undergone a sex change between the first taped interview, in 1990, and the second, in 1994. In the initial session Gina allows us to glimpse into her life as a prostitute; in the next she reacts to the first taping. We not only look at her or listen to her, but she is also present in the form of a life-size photo cutout. The artist explores the boundaries between the public and private, and between appearance and reality. Conventional behaviour patterns, attitudes, and stereotypes are challenged in a work that brings out a variety of voyeuristic reactions in the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

Distributor: Paul Wong Projects