ALLEN KILLIAN-MOORE
Shadow Stomach
2010
Looped - 16mm Film & Video Installation

Shadow Stomach is a reflection on suicide, politics, and depression in life and in fiction. It is named after a form of acted suicide in Japanese theater:

In feudal Japan, there existed a form of suicide called Kanshi in which a person would commit suicide to protest a ruler’s unjust decision. The fictional version was called Kagebara ("shadow stomach") wherein actors at the end of a play would say that they had committed Kanshi, and then “perish,” bringing about a dramatic end to the drama.
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