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The Final Girl

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The Final girl is a trope in horror movies (particularly slasher). It refers to the last woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story. The Final girl has been observed by writer and researcher Carol Clover. In the book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992). Clover suggests that in these movies, the viewer begins by sharing the perspective of the killer, but experiences a shift in identification to the final girl partway through the movie. The book ‘Frankenstein’ is the first sci-fi written by a woman. So when I was asked for an exhibition with the same title as the only woman participating, I started to research the role of women in horror and the artworld. I also used elements of the art world. In my video 'The final girl' get’s confronted with many cultural habits and difficulties. She switches from hero to victim and back, her actual role remaining unclear in my movie. She switches from the sublime, overwhelming nature of the south of Ethiopia ; Dorze Mountains, to the bizarre (and actual) set of the cult movie ‘Planet of the Apes’, and she tries to survive the “Hell on earth” ; The Danakil Depression, a surreal landscape that is almost not earth like, near Eritrea. These places refer to the filmic roles we always play, the references of movie scenes we have, but also the loneliness a woman can experience. With greenscreen and

animation it becomes an absurd overload of a game like character, that has to overcome the bigger questions in life.

Mixed media : analog and digital video, animation, greenscreen, photography, music. Still in progress. 

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