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Feast your eyes on the Falling Woman

A video installation at the new Eyelevel Gallery challenges the exploitative gaze.

A screen shot of Christine D'Onofrio's Falling Woman.

In the crisply painted, freshly floored new home for the Eyelevel Gallery (one block north of its old location) is a huge projection screen showing a four-minute looping video of a woman falling from the sky. The reason we know she's a woman isn't because we can see her face---that's covered by her long black skirt that's blown over her upper body, but because she's nude from the waist down. Falling Woman is Vancouver-based artist Christine D'Onofrio's examination of the politics of identity and particularly how the gaze exploits the female body. By showing tiny snippets of this struggling, exposed female body plummeting through the clouds she gives us a glimpse at what she calls a "sublime moment" where this woman's identity is defended and exploited all at once.

To March 5, Eyelevel Gallery, 2159 Gottingen Street, 425-6412

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