The Shadowers, 2004-2005, video, 39:49 min.
The video The Shadowers by Australian artist Monika Tichacek invites the viewer on an uncanny journey in a dark woodland, a type of hellish paradise found nowhere. It portrays a harsh, surreal chain of interactions among three female figures, unfolding a fictive scenario of torture rituals and power games between dominator and dominated, torturer and tortured. Tichacek herself plays one of the characters, a passive victim awaiting her brutal matron who drags her into the depth of the wood, where she carries out her evil scheme. A third figure later joins in, linking with the victim and the trio’s cycle of sadomasochistic games.