Canadian performance and video artist Fahreen HAQ, of South-Asian Muslim descent, earned an MFA in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto. In her three-channel video Endless Tether, she expands an intimate gesture between two people to a majestic scale. For HAQ, the exchange of red cloth between a pair of white, male hands, and its slow wrapping and unwrapping around her body, becomes a performance saturated with political, sexual, and meditative qualities. The artist explains that “the tension in the fabric oscillates between being a protective veil and a restrictive rope,” referencing veiling as part of her family’s strong cultural heritage.
Endless Tether, 2005
Three-channel video installation
Courtesy the artist
Photo David Plakke