Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 4th floor, 401 Richmond St. West
FRIDAY JUNE 16, 2023
6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Screening
7:00 pm Artist’s talk and q&a
8:00 pm Reception
Admission to this event is FREE and the artist will be in attendance. For a map of the location, click here. Vtape is an accessible venue, with a level entrance at the EAST end of the building on Richmond St. West near Peter Street.
The Sack Hold You, Panter is a narrative video work in progress. The work is a collage of footage and stop-motion video using Raku-fired ceramic puppets made from recycled clay and found and re-assembled jewellery to retell the story of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps. The work reconsiders specifically the ending, where a virgin woman is sacrificed by dancing herself to death. This original story offers room to interrogate our contemporary moment: namely as a paragon of capitalist control over our material realities. The virgin’s bodily sacrifice made for a changing season brings to mind environmentally exploitative industries that continue to threaten the climate crisis: her feet warm the earth beneath her. Her dance is repetitive, cyclical, appearing to be never-ending: it symbolises the unceasing motions of global capitalist systems. She is originally written as a woman whose labouring body is considered thoroughly expendable. The Sack Hold You, Panter rescripts the ballet with a queer perspective in order to tell a story of ongoing care and attention to collective surroundings in a speculative world that sits outside systems of exploitation, extraction, and consumption.
Lili Huston-Herterich is a white American-Canadian artist currently living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Recent work has been exhibited at Peach (Rotterdam), Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), Pumice Raft (Toronto), Apparatus Projects (Chicago), and Index Foundation (Stockholm). She has recently performed at Temporary Gallery (Köln), School of Commons (Zürich), and Klooster Oude Noorden (Rotterdam). She will be an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam starting in fall 2023.
The Sack Hold You, Panter is a part of a larger body of work including a series of photographs and sculpture which will be exhibited in the exhibition Keeping Time with the Unrest at Zalucky Contemporary from 17 June – 15 July 2023.
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