slap, 2002
still image from continuous loop video
dimensions variable


In Slap two women are positioned face to face as if mirror reflections of one another. Repetitively and simultaneously they slap one another’s cheeks in a determined rhythm. Despite the intensity and the resulting pain of the action their heads and expressions remain stationary and relentless. The hands move at a steady and rapid speed, to emphasize this action of endurance. The activity is repeated in a seamless loop with no distinct beginning or ending. The visual and aural tempo creates a metered rhythmic composition. The action is non-competitive and simultaneous, there is no winner or looser, victim or aggressor.

all images © Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann 2000-2007