Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Social Dance
Japan, 2021

Artists' Moving Image,
Directed by
Aya Momose
Running time
11 min mins
Social Dance – a documentary that re-enacts a woman’s conversation with her ex-partner – depicts the discrepancies present in the visual mode of communication that is sign language. Using an interview that she conducted with a deaf female dancer, the artist wrote a narrative based on the interviewee’s personal experience, which became the basis of the work. In the video, a woman lies in bed talking through sign language to her ex-partner.

Director Bio

By employing a self-referential methodology that reconsiders the structure of moving image via moving image itself, Momose’s work deals with the multi-layered complexity of communication with the other. Focusing on bodies appearing in moving images, her recent practice further questions sexuality and gender.

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