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Destiny III

Destiny III, a striking black and white video and photography installation, challenges

gender-based stereotypes across cultures.This piece brings together individuals from different countries and cultural backgrounds to both discuss and engage with the production of gender labels. The video comprises two parts. The first part addresses the process of socialization by which people are taught to accept socially acceptable roles and functions. Participants, seated and dressed in black, passively allow their peers to label their foreheads. The second part portrays the process of internalization of the social norms by the individuals, where each participant plays an active role in their own subjugation: participants symbolically accept the stereotypes by tying a strip of cloth on their foreheads marked with the same labels. In this way, participants “become” the system that reinforces the social construction of gender.