Junia is mentioned by Paul the apostle in Romans 16:7. There has been a dispute over the wording of the passage because it has been translated with various connotations that suggest Junia either was or was not an apostle and that she either was or was not a female. Medieval scribes began translating her name to Junias, the male form of her name, because the earlier Greek versions lacked the accents that would denote gender.
The New International Version currently reads "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was." Some versions of the Bible still refer to her as Junias. This erasure of identity and confusion of gender over time inspired this piece, where a young girl wanders around in an unfamiliar environment, tormented internally by some unseen force.
Circles: A Perpetual State of Contradictions
This is Prima's internal dialogue that expresses her frustrations with conflicting standards about appearance and behavior that come from both society and herself. As she navigates her thoughts and ideas her many selves overlap and interact as she walks in never-ending circles.
Video, sound, and poetry produced by Stephanie Hewett
MooseChat is the collective name of Stephanie Hewett and Erin Godfrey Mattison's collaborative efforts. We release one new video per week. This effort began in October 2014 and is set to continue indefinitely. Follow MooseChat on these platforms to view the work: