18 minute interactive performance
Red Gate Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
An 18 minute interactive ritual. Attendees were told to come in all black, as a sign of solemnity and mourning. The performance, led by myself and one other ritualist enlisted to fulfill specific speaking roles during the rite, guided participants through a healing ritual for themselves and their female ancestors. The climax of the ritual was a moment where the men in the room knelt down, bowing in a gesture of honouring and deep acknowledgement to the women, as an offering to the collective cultural trauma that has resulted from institutionally indoctrinated female subordination. During this time, the women* stood with their hands open in a gesture of receiving. In the centre of the room was a white plinth, bearing a broken phial encrusted with dried tear salt.
*gender neutral beings took sides based on various factors and some oscillated between the two gestures evenly. All mentions of words ‘men’ or ‘women’ are representative of trans + cis men and women.