Pinning (from The Laundry Series) 2014, C-print, 12in x 12in

The Laundry Series

Teresa Ascencao
Exhibition runs March 15 2019 - April 20 2019
Opening: March 15 2019: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dressing, Pinning, Folding, and Spinning are cohesive sets of photographic installations deriving from explorations with laundry. I photograph myself in various interactions with clothing. Each set explores a growing repertoire of body language associated with my struggles with clothing, domestic labour and folk rituals. Second-long automated exposures capture unnoticed and continuously dissipating moments between clothing and the human body – moments known only to the body and the clothing themselves. The moments range from sensual and nostalgic, to strenuous and dramatic. Dressing hovers between sensual play and frantic disrobing to disrupt a feminine identity. Pinning of freshly washed clothing was performed and shot in my mother’s backyard while she watched. Folding of freshly dried laundry piles up against a garden backdrop. Spinning is inspired by my heritages of Azorean folklore dancing and Brazilian carnival. Here, I tied heaps of dirty laundry to my waist while I spun for the camera.

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work examines social constructs of body language, costume, customs, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-related media and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class. Teresa Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally.


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