(de)Fine Art


Sarafina van Ast
Tell the believing X to lower their Gaze
Practice Social Practices
Project Honours/RASL
Major (de)Fine Art
Year Fourth Year

Nominee: Bachelor Research Award & Drempelprijs Social Practices 2020

[24:30] is a written research which attempts to understand the politics of Gaze. We look all the time every day, but do we understand what it means to Gaze? In order to understand the Gaze, we need to understand the X who Gaze. In the Quran [24:30] ”Tell the believing X to lower their Gaze” is used to explain how X and X should use their Gazes. ”To be able to listen, one should look” is something that my X used to tell me. These are examples of how the Gaze is used by X. In my research, I study the Outside and Inside perspectives of Gaze and the spaces where they are used. These perspectives of Gazing are constructed by my own experience and through Queer, Feminist and Black theory. Gaze is a form of oppression but it can also be used for resistance. I Gaze and I resist. I resist to live in the binary and therefore I resist with an [ X ]. [24:30] reveals the importance of the Gaze and the importance of being seen.

Additionally, this work is created to reveal another [ space ] and that [ space ] is called the [ space ] of text. The performance In the [ space ] text is a result of the written research [24:30]. In the [ space ] of text we Gaze, we Gaze because we are seen through text. We are heard through text, and we are understood through text. Yet, some remain invisible through text. That is because the [ space ] of text, like any other space, comes with norms, and I resist to read or write in these norms. I resist to create a space where I do not belong. We Gaze just as in any other [ space ] so that we can see others, and so that they can see us. Thus, in this work, the text performs. The text performs, and we Gaze. We Gaze into the [ space ] of the text.