Chicken Face, Fish Face, Bat Face

Chicken Face, Fish Face, Bat Face, 3 min colour video DVD, co-directed with Maria Fernanda Cardoso, 2002; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

one channel colour dvd installation

By Ross Rudesch Harley and Maria Fernanda Cardoso

The video depicts a parade of animal faces, a procession of anonymous identities. However, each close-up reveals the fascinating peculiarity of their faces the chickens with their crests like genitalia, the fish that appear to laugh, the bat that looks like a cat. Under the gaze of the camera lens, these animals appear to take on human characteristics. Seductiveness intermingles with repugnance, subtle irony with satire and brutality with menace. This fusion of opposites permeates much of the artist’s work.