Sophie Whettnall [BE] presented by CENTRALE for contemporary art

Shadow Boxing


A woman behind a shop window is faced with a complex dilemma: a man constantly attacks her, but she absolutely refuses to defend herself or strike back. Her attitude is anything but passive, on the contrary, it suggests profound willpower. In Shadow Boxing – a live version of a video from 2004 – Sophie Whettnall pursues ethical coherence by rejecting violence.

• Sophie Whettnall (°1973) lives and works in Brussels, where she studied visual arts. Her work includes photography, video and multimedia installations, often exploring the relations between the intimate and the unknown. She has exhibited at, a.o., The Video Art Foundation (Barcelona), the ICA (London) and Video Underground Zero (Toronto).