The Third Eye
At once a ‘structural-selfie’ and a critique of the digitization of female interiority, ‘The Third Eye’ is a document of an endurance performance using a vaginal exercise ball umbilically attached to a small video camera.
Micro muscular vaginal exercises, gravity, and chance collaborate to determine the movement of the camera-eye within various interiors -- corporeal, domestic, and art historical. This produces a continuous surface drawn from these interiors; the selfie is refigured from a practice that confers control and expressivity to the subject to an interior-exteriorizing practice which uses the tradition of self-portraiture against itself to open up space for both new kinds of self-imaging and new interiors.
Born and raised in Turkey and currently based in the US, Endam Nihan creates performances, single and multi-channel video installations, image essays, objects, and VR works. Her work critically and humorously discloses collaborations between contemporary images of daily life, female representation, emerging technologies, and pop cultural forms of consumption and circulation. She holds a BFA Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University, Istanbul and an MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University.