June 21, 2012 film screening and conversation
3 filmmakers + 3 bodies + 3 performers = identities on both sides of the camera
Deirdre Logue, Lysanne Thibodeau, Farheen Haq
For all 3 the self and the camera are the opening images in a dialogue that is still developing. Each filmmaker has her own physical and material viewpoint, ritual and performance: it is fabric for Farheen Haq, memory for Lysanne Thibodeau and repetition for Deirdre Logue. Each direct “the gaze” revealing attitudes and images of the body and perform “projections of anxieties” showing resistance and ambiguities of the body. Haq films herself wrapped in fabric and water suggesting purification and initiation of the body. Thibodeau films are documents of her experiences laden with hopes for what might have been and fears for the present moment. Logue crams her films with the tension of discomforts and humiliations inside and outside of the body. They work not with autobiography or narrative but with the self as subject, as self-interest, producing self-made films that work within a self-representational discourse.
still from Patch by Deidre Logue (photo credit Deidre Logue)
The camera is a glass box a mirror an apparatus in severance to the gesture and gesticulation of the body.
Urbeing – in dialogue with landscape, Elyse Portal
Portal’s art practice reflects upon relationship and connection to the land, her process is both physical and spiritual.
Portal harvested cattails from Rithet’s Bog and clay from Mt. Douglas; she wove cattails into mats and liquefied clay for slurry drawings.
Portal recognizes knowledge -information, wisdom and spiritual and social development -springs from a connection/conversation with the land. In a group meditative sitting Portal asked viewers to consider their relationship to the land; she emphasized listening to the sky, air, rain, pavement, buildings, shores and ocean together with people. Portal’s perspective honors Indigenous traditions and ways of being, one that is grounded in practices that allow people to be self-sufficient by sustaining the environments that feed and nurture them.
(photo taken after the meditative sitting)
Xchanges Gallery June 23 2012
“What does it mean to be a guest on traditional territory of Lekwungen people?”- asked by Tahltan curator Peter Morin
“What I want to know is when the Europeans came here is why didn’t they adopt our ways of living? Ways of living that have sustained our people for centuries.” -asked by Emilio Portal
Kwakwaka’wakw Elder Gerry Ambers lead a Circle Ceremony on June 9 at Open Space Artist Run Centre, inviting participants to meet and speak their personal stories and share perspectives on hosting and being a guest in Victoria BC in the present time. Every story we hear changes us. Cedar enclosure constructed by Emilio Portal.
“Listening is the stage of comprehension, of pay attention, which follows acknowledging sounds. If we know how, we can listen…hearing old stories in new ways and unsettling our familiar notions of first contact and all the history that follows.” John Sutton Lutz in Myth and Memory Stories of Indigenous-European Contact
Subsequent Circles in the fall of 2012