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Faded Wallpaper

Tina Keane

UK, 1988
20 minutes, Colour, sound
Available formats: 16mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Based loosely on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘Faded Wallpaper’ is concerned with visual perception, madness and the search for identity. A woman, isolated within a room, becomes obsessed with the wallpaper surrounding her, seeing within its faded patterns strange images – at times pleasurable and seductive, at times threatening and dangerous. As these images become more insistent she begins to strip the wallpaper away in an attempt either to banish the images or get to their source. Words and sounds run through her head as she peels away the layers, questioning her own self-image, her imagination and her sanity. No solutions are given, only more questions… T.K.