Winner of the 2012 HSBC Photography Prize alongside Eric Pillot, Leonora Hamill has also developed video work about the question of emotional identity. Her deliberately refined visual language – absence of camera movement, long takes, on-location sound bites, minimal narration – contribute to her study of the restrictions created by body language. In her first four works, "The Second Eve", "Attack", "I was much too far out all my life" and "The Seventh Nerve", simple and ambiguous scenes feature a professional actress in settings often inspired by paintings. In these four 6-minute videos, the abstract narration puzzles spectators. "The Second Eve" shows a young woman whose breathing accelerates, becoming deeper, provoking a variety of facial expressions. A disturbing birthing scene that confuses the spectator, tempted to believe she might be masturbating.
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