Room (4) Rub
Single-channel HD video, color, sound
15 min 05 sec
Yao Qingmei invited a young contemporary dancer (Julie Agoya) to tirelessly repeat thegestures of rubbing, cleaning and tidying up in the room, transforming these everydayactions into dance. She reinterprets the enclosed space through the path of her movements.The different objects in the room, of varying textures, produce different sounds as a resultof the rhythm of the danced movements. The dancer's skin color and gender play on thestereotypes that predestine the role of housekeeper to a black woman, only to break freefrom them, forming another meaning of "room".