Joan Jonas

Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy


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Joan Jonas born 1936
Video, monitor, black and white and sound
Duration: 17min, 24sec
Purchased with funds provided by the Tate Americas Foundation 2016
Licensed to Tate

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This video is based on a 1972 performance, the first in which Joan Jonas used a mix of pre-recorded and live video images. Here Jonas acts both as a woman in neutral clothes (herself) and as a hyper-feminine character called Organic Honey. The character appears to be obsessed with her own image, multiplied by mirrors and video effects. This work is typical of Jonas’s interest in ritual gestures, as well as in the use of masks, symbolic objects and the act of drawing.

Gallery label, August 2020

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