Pietà (Memento Maury)

2013-2014

Custom software, video

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Pietà (Memento Maury) is a video compilation of clips taken from 200 episodes of The Maury Povich Show, filtered through facial recognition software programmed to search for faces resembling the Madonna’s of Michaelangelo’s Pietà.  The formulaic depictions of women as victims – particularly victims at the mercy of men – emphasize gender tropes and show how the repetition of media serves to both reflect and perpetuate myths about female fragility.

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