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Esther Schelfhout (1994) is completing a master’s degree in Multimedia Design at KASK School Of Arts, Ghent.
Her practice is based on narrative research of female figures in (art) history. How do we handle inferior behavior towards woman in public and private spaces? She explores characters who dealt with these problematics in the past and emphasizes the relevance of these stories today.
She does this by using diverse sets of performative framings in an attempt to transform different perspectives on the objectification of women by men. Hereby she playfully examines possible ways to activate a space with the shape and power of a female body.
The durational performances themselves relate mainly to visual art, to images. The choreography in I’m just a girl, lucky me! (2017) and Objectify us! (2016) can also be seen as interventions. This intervention-wise way of activating space is a political act of Schelfhout using her voice as a woman.
She embodies her artistic alter-ego in the role of a wailing wall, taking up the role as a narrator and translate these concepts into movement.