2017 Finalists

I’m Here, 2017

by Samantha Sommariva

Finalist, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 56 seconds
Single channel HD digital video

Artist's statement

Mossy and I met back in art school, and her first exploration of performative movement was during our early experimentations – it was a pivotal moment in Mossy’s coming into womanhood. I have since watched her flourish both on stage and through our ongoing collaborations. I have been given the privilege of translating her spoken word poem into a digital portrait, one which celebrates our friendship and past endeavours. It is an opportunity to demystify and humanise the concept of a trans woman, and show the complexity of her identity – be it objectified, demonised, hyper-sexualised – in all of her vulnerability, beauty and strength.