Video

REST

Paul Couillard

2006, 04:20 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 004.04

"The solace of grief, which seems so painful, is that it offers us the chance to find rest in the face of horror."

This video is based on a performance originally presented in Lublin, Poland in 2005. The location for REST is the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct in Toronto, a site notorious as a magnet for people contemplating suicide. Here, ice serves as a material metaphor for grief. Lodged in the open mouth of shock, a piece of ice melts and flows down the body of the performer. Its melting cushions the slow collapse of the jaw into a state of relief and rest from horror.

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