Molly Surno, ‘Sway’, 2013, Anat Ebgi

Sway is named after the Dean Martin hit of 1954 that was adapted from a Mexican mambo called Quien Sera. The song has since been remixed by dozens of artists including Pussycat Dolls and Michael Buble. Adaptations are forms of processing the natural or authentic to something that speaks to a contemporary public. They are renditions, extracting a genuine original and projecting a new identity. The installation takes a physical film of a swaying form and projects it onto a fan of artificial plants. Melding the natural and synthetic world, bodies and plastic, Sway suggests fantasy, pleasure of voyeurism, and performed exotic.
Courtesy of the artist.