18 minute interactive performance
Red Gate Arts Society, Vancouver, Canada
An 18 minute interactive healing ritual where exhibition-goers were guided by the performers (the artist, and collaborator Raghunath Khe, wearing black and white robes, respectatively, as a visual signifier of the passage from the death of the old paradigm marked by widespread misogyny, to the regeneration of a new social paradigm mobilized through collective healing) in a series of gestures to commemorate the enormity of the suffering endured by the women in the room, as well as the female ancestors of all the audience members in attendance.
“And now as those who are holding their own memories and their images of their ancestors stand on this side of the room, I would like to invite those who will be carrying out the honouring gestures to do so now. And let us hold that suffering in our minds as we commence these gestures, and direct your honouring gestures in the direction of those doing the receiving.
(all to silently commence energy work)
For all of these moments—ranging in intensity from a certain kind of look or treatment to full blown assault—for all the thousands of these that have been felt by any female or feminine-presenting life throughout the course of her journey, those women in the room and our ancestors, we honour.”
- excerpt from Ritual to Honour script