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Cat Del Buono
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: I use video, installation, and street art to address social issues. Whether it’s multiple video monitors surrounding a room, street posters with feminist messages, or interactive performances with the pubic, I deliberately simplify issues such as gender and inequality by exaggerating the obvious. I find humor can be an effective method in the attempt to break down complex topics such as society’s arbitrary beauty standards and rape culture. And on the opposite end, showing the disturbing reality of these issues can make a bigger impact. With all my works, my goal is to influence as many people as possible and for us as a society to move beyond the status quo.
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"Voices" literally gives survivors of domestic violence a voice and a chance to share their personal experience with abuse. Multiple monitors display lips of women speaking simultaneously, creating a symphony of voices. Only when viewers come closer and focus on an individual screen do they become aware of the installation's topic.


A short and simple video displays the long list of NFL players arrested for domestic violence and other acts against women in the past 15 years.


This is the installation view of "Tears." Based on Man Ray’s “Tears,” this looped video (displayed in a framed monitor) allows the female subject to come alive and blink.

How to Not Get Raped

This satirical video was inspired by advice posted on college websites that tell women how to avoid being raped. It speaks to the absurdity of placing responsibility and blame on the victim.


A quick and inexpensive way to keep up with the plastic surgery look!


Using actual clips of politicians and rape scenes from movies found on the web, this video comments on the disregard for women's reproductive rights and how the subject of rape needs to be taken more seriously.


Installation view of "Swimming Upstream" at The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach.


This video uses performance and humor to show the absurdity of conforming to a certain idea of “beautiful” while commenting on plastic surgery.


This hand drawn animation uses humor to comment on plastic surgery and the inequality that results when women become objects of desire.


This video was inspired by statistics that show how female value in our society lies solely in beauty and sexuality. As the balloons pop, each trait representing women are gradually reduced to just one dimension: physical attractiveness.


This two channel video installation focuses on our fellow subway riders we make assumptions about. While viewers form perceptions of the riders in these video portraits, voiceovers interrupt and give insight into who they are, conveying an attribute that may not have been visible to other riders on the train.


This US Attorney's Office photograph from 1933 is brought to life with a subtle, simple movement of a clock. Displayed in a framed video monitor. (Thomas E. Dewey is one of the few pictured here. Full list pending.)


After the 2016 election, this video expresses how a majority feels about our votes: they are disregarded.


 








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