sHe #4

sHe is the first series of videos, multimedia canvases and installations from Kova’s LAND of GOOD project. 

The mission of sHe was to examine female roles in different societies throughout today’s “modern” world as seen through the eyes of the artist. Kova’s visual depictions of femininity take viewers around the globe to observe cultural backgrounds as well as contemporary identity of womanhood, within the complex structure of our male-driven world.

Using new media and audio-visual technologies, Kova projects her works on to canvases coated with textiles. Layering canvases with regional fabrics fashioned to allude to different cultures, she then superimposes sound and video bringing to life the many voices and identities of modern woman. Her fabric choices and panel construction methods are meant to imbue subtle underlying messages: the choice of embroidered chiffon in a shape of a hijab suggests the enigma of the contradiction between an exaggerated praise of a woman and the extravagant, excessive control over her, generated by cultures and traditions. 

The sound is an artistic fusion of traditional music with modern composers, framed by the quotes of powerful women, as well as powerful men of the Middle East, speaking about their women. Mixed with old poetry fragments, in which the glorifying of a woman reaches its exaltation point. 

Available sizes: 120 cm x 120 cm

Medium: acrylic on canvas, acrylic & oil on fabric (embroidered chiffon), full HD video & audio, 44:48 min loop, full HD 

Year: 2015 

Edition of: 10