Humorous and elusive, The Entertainer continues Just's interest in creating hybrids of moving image genres (this is, part 'old' movie and part dance video). Shot in sepia tone, a lone performer wears a knitted mask of a man's face with a tiny black top hat. 'He' dances with fervour to a song we can't hear. His giant head becomes an odd feature as he bobs and jigs around the 'stage'; a room with a shiny curtain nailed onto the wall behind him. It is a thoroughly ambiguous scene. Rather than using professionals, Just or her friends perform; rather than staged locations, she uses her own lounge room, bedroom or back yard. The banal, absurd and loveable props used by performers in her videos include plastic bags, masks and knitting machines. These amateur qualities combine to give her characters and scenario pathos, revealing that all the location-shot, executively produced, oiled-up booty shaking in the world, can't really move us.
Exhibited in CCP's Night Projection Window
7 nights a week after dark
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy Victoria 3065, Australia
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