Presumptuous | SUNITA PRASAD


PRESUMPTUOUS: This series of performances in public space, captured as video tableaux with a hidden camera, makes vivid the social codes of co-existence in urban space by breaking those codes with simple acts of physical touch. Reactions, refusals to react, and potent juxtapositions of the movements of the public enter the scene incidentally as the camera maintains its fixed, uncut view of the unfolding intimacy. An ongoing project initiated in 2012, these videos are accumulating as I continue to stage scenes in the various cities I travel to.

Metro: Christophe Counil & Florent Ruppert
Bank: Philippe Pasquini & Julie Coutereau
Café: Andy Tesoro, Katherine Brook, & Joshua Gelb
Park: Nick Cregor & Serge Stephan
Bus Depot: Brinda Jacob & Milan Cap

SUNITA PRASAD: Sunita Prasad is a New York City based artist. Her projects employ methods of visual translation such as drag, re-enactment, movement, and touch to shift or rupture expectations about how gendered bodies should behave, be represented, or be historicized. Her works have been shown in galleries, festivals, and performance venues internationally, including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the Brooklyn Museum, Flux Factory and Momenta Art in New York City; and Homesession in Barcelona. Sunita is originally from Syracuse NY and received a BFA in Film & TV from New York University and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sunita's collaborations include projects with Laryssa Husiak, the Ecocide Project, Red Channels, Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood, Frédéric Durieu, and Rabid Hands.