For Your Eyes Only
by Yasmine Nasser Diaz
2021 Efroymson Emerging Artist
Feb 15 - April 16, 2021
Designed to be viewed through the gallery window.
For Your Eyes Onlyis the latest iteration of multidisciplinary artist Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s bedroom installation. At first glance, the constructed space is a shimmering homage to the bedroom disco—a sanctuary for uninhibited dance and self-expression. It has also become the setting from which many personal videos are made and shared widely on social media, where platforms such as Instagram and TikTok have blurred the boundary between public and private. Projected into the space is a montage of casual videos shared by female-identifying and non-binary persons of SWANA* origin dancing solo in their rooms. To some, the videos may seem innocent and innocuous, but they can also be seen as acts of defiance that assert the autonomy of bodies that have been surveilled, scrutinized, and censored throughout history.Alongside these intimate moments is a separate reel showing political figures and protest movements from the SWANA region. The images demonstrate the fluctuating attitudes and regulations impacting human rights and freedoms based on gender, and exemplify how—whether we are physically at a protest or sharing our physicality in virtual spaces—our bodies are engaged in some level of risk.
*Southwest Asian/North African
Read Lila Nazemian's essay about For Your Eyes Only.
The G-Ray Area
Performances in the Gallery by Ava Ansari as part of For Your Eyes Only. Intended to activate the space, the performances bring to life the installation by further exploring the positioning of the body and the viewer. Performance Times: March 13: 4:30-5pm, 6-6:30pm, 7:30-8pm. Complete details here.
About the artist and contributors
Credits + Thank Yous
Essay: Lila Nazemian
Music: Composition by Carol Abi Ghanem, Mixing and mastering by Elie Abi Ischac
Studio assistance: Caitlin Abadir-Mullally
Performance: The Grey Area by Ava Ansari on March 13
Curator: Amanda Krugliak
Special thanks to:
Caitlin Abadir-Mullally, Carol Abi Ghanem, Mark Chalou, Juliet Hinely, Lujain Jo, Amanda Krugliak, Lila Nazemian, Nay El Rahi, Anuradha Vikram
Thank you to the (selfies) video contributors:
Alia Scheirman, Amal Amer, Amani Yahya, Angie Assal, Arshia Haq, Aya Metwalli, Bielul Semere, Bita Bell, Caitlin Abadir-Mullally, Danie, Donia Jarrar, Doua Fatfat, Eliane Chahoud, Esraa Warda, Gina Ali, Hamzeh Daoud, Hinna, Iris Zafra, Jesenia Lopez Matos, Kiki Salem, Lama Sami, Layle Omeran, Moumen Eryani, Nadia Khayrallah, Nawal J, Numa Chowdry, Qandeel Baloch, Randa Abboud, Randa Jarrar, Rime, Saif Radi, Salma Dona Taleb, Samira Kha, Sara Stajic, Sarana Mehra, Sheila Govindarajan, Yassa.
This project is supported by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.