Beeld 1 / 4 'and the image gazes back', 2014, HD video
belit's works ‘read’ newspapers, films, and media images, on a visual basis, commenting on the meaning of specific poses, compositions, codes and gestures, in order to subsequently decode, locate, reveal and create entirely new, or hidden, narratives. Quite often, the images turn out to have political connotations, rendering them carriers of additional meanings – which are remotely related, or entirely unrelated, to the original way they were narrated.
'you loved her', single channel video, 2013
anti-stockholm, single channel video, 2011
'thank you', single channel video, 2010
the first day of.., single channel video, 2012
In the video piece and the image gazes back the artist questions the role of images in current and historical events, engaging an underlining emphasis on visibility and representation. Even as these events, and their representations, resonate in our own memories from media, the artist is navigating the blurred lines between fiction and reality, the visible and the unseen, audible and mute, imaginable and unimaginable.
The video piece lost, uses loosely filmed images to tell a story based on pictures from daily newspapers. The images, originally functioning as illustrations supportive to text, are promoted to the status of main subject. The artist questions them, searching for hidden and underlying stories, ideas and motivations. In this quest, she addresses and reveals both the social and the political significance of these media images, while speculating about their unconscious or subliminal messages.