JOAN OF ARC
Joan of Arc, 2007, two-channel video installation, 5:35
Projected in two adjacent channels juxtaposing images of Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc in Carl Dreyer’s 1928 Le Passion de Jeanne d’Arc with images of myself. On the left, Falconetti’s face fills the screen and close ups of her expressions guide the viewer through her condemnation to the shearing of her hair and finally through her slow death at the stake. Her movements are channeled into the right frame through my own body, as I cut off my long blonde hair, shave it down to a bristle and mimic Falconetti. The liturgical music of Richard Einhorn underscores a voice-over in which my own voice wavers between historical fact and confessional revelation.