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Upstairs Gallery, Victoria, BC, 2011

  • A SMALL GALLERY WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A SPACE DEDICATED TO DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SUCH AS AUNG SAN SUU KYI AND TRADITION HOLDERS, INCLUDING CHIEF SI'AHL (DUWAMISH & SUQUAMISH), WANBDI WAKITA (DAKOTA), AND LAO TZU (TAOISM)

  • TWO LARGE CANVASES WERE HUNG FROM A CEILING PLATFORM

  • SMALL STONES WERE TIED INTO THE CANVAS

  • SOUNDS FROM DON JOSE SANDOVAL (HUICHOL) SINGING

  • INSIDE THE TENT, STRING WAS TIED TO THESE EMBEDDED STONES TO CREATE HANGING LINES FOR HAND WRITTEN QUOTES

  • A PROJECTOR AND COMPUTER WERE SETUP ON A DISASSEMBLED GALLERY DOOR

  • FROM OUTSIDE OF THE GALLERY SPACE, AND THROUGH THE EXISTING FLOOR TO CEILING WINDOW, THE VIDEO SHADOW, WAS PROJECTED ONTO THE EXTERIOR OF THE TENT

  • SHADOW  documents the movements of a woman (and friend) who was told she would never move her body again after a severe spinal chord injury. In the face of great adversity, she slowly regained access to her body through a movement therapy based on physics and somatic studies, called Feldenkrais. Founder, Moshe Feldenkrais said, “We move according to our perceived self-image.” 

  • As numerous life supporting structures now face ecological paralysis, what does it take to adjust our collective self-image that demands so much of our planet? I feel the courage of this woman to recover her body - piece by piece...starting with the smallest movements - a great inspiration for our times. Gently welcoming uncertainty, we unfold our shadows to gather much needed courage.