making space for the fumble, the fall: drawing a line

Leena Raudvee

2020, 05:05 minutes, no dialogue

TAPECODE 2143.00

This video is a document of a performance addressing the precariousness of negotiating im- mobility through dis-ability and aging. For several years I have been falling, the result of a muscular degenerative disease that makes falling frequent and getting up almost impossible. This performance was a response to the accumulated trauma of being publicly shamed and outed as disabled. It was an opportunity to reframe my own narrative. Although enacting a fall and its consequences, I was able to place it within the context of a conceptual metaphor: a line drawn in a notebook. It referenced both the vertical line drawn by my standing body and the horizontal lines drawn by my walking sticks lying next to me and my body stretched out and struggling to move forward to a chair and my only way up off the floor.

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