52 *Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind : yazan khalili

Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind <2016>
Video 7'30", mute

How do we disappear in the digital age? this is a project that works with the facial recognition technologies in smart devices and its historical background in the colonial practices.

The work questions the use of technology and its tendency to typecast. In the video he features a woman’s face captured by a camera screen, which appears to confuse the facial recognition system so that a sequence of ethnographic masks interrupts the frame. This work recalls colonial mechanisms of racial classifications and the construction of historical narratives.

segment of the Video can be watched here