Avril Stormy Unger
“Untangle is a loop based video work centered on the complex relationship I have with my hair. It is a reflection of my internalization of societal expectations and the journey of unlearning, unpacking, untangling to reach a new place of self identity. An internal process that loops with layered insights each time. Though it started with hair, this project has forced me to explore deeper questions, thoughts and ideas surrounding my sexuality.
In coming to terms with the true nature of my hair, it became an extension of me as integral as a limb and unintentionally personified rebellion in its untamedness, occupying space that was claimed and not given. It is used as a medium to convey the textured emotions attached to 'straightening' myself, that I allowed others to do to me and have done to myself. The work explores the expectation to fit in, the subsequent acceptance and the strength to embrace my truth.” – Avril Stormy Unger
Artist: Avril Stormy Unger
Material / technology / format: Video
Length: 31:53 mins
“Untangle is a loop-based video work centered around my complex relationship with my hair. A reflection of my internalization of societal expectations, Untangle explores the unlearning, unpacking, and untangling stages of my journey to a new self-identity. It is about an inner process that continues with new insights each time. Although it started with my hair, this project made me explore deeper questions, thoughts and ideas around my sexuality.
As I confronted the true nature of my hair, it became an extension of me, another limb, so to speak, and unintentionally embodied my rebellion in its untamedness: it just claimed its space without me offering it to them had. The hair thus acts as a medium for conveying the structured emotions associated with the "smoothing" of myself - the "smoothing" that I have allowed others to do to me and that I have done to myself. The work explores my expectation to conform, my subsequent acceptance of it, and the strength of embracing my own truth." – Avril Stormy Unger
As part of Oyoun's first curatorial focus - curators, artists and cultural workers - EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES - dealt with identities, belonging and embodied memories from diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. A research, archiving, exhibition and performance project that involves over 70 people. The results, encounters and questions that arose from the projects will be discussed during the EMBODIED ARTS FESTIVAL presented and celebrated.