This work examines the primal urge to belong in some way to a family/community/neighborhood. Once we officially cross a border we get a certificate of belonging. What is the impulse that wants to push the next newcomer out? This cycle of welcoming and excluding is explored through projected shadow movements which transgress these borderlines.
A video of a silhouette-performer is projected onto a screen with a slit that allows for passage through it. The shadow form is both minimal, yet it can exemplify the experience of people of color. The manifestation “to belong” resides in the body, representing moments of kindness, acceptance and welcoming versus rejection or pushing away. For the theater showcase, I collaborated with 3 performers of color to choreograph movement in response to the projected shadow figure and borderlines. Live performance changes the space and our relationship to the work we have just seen. For so long the stories of minorities & immigrants has disappeared. By bringing live performance into the gallery it is a way of upending that idea. We have not disappeared; we are very much present. Between the live performances, viewers were invited to move through the space, allowing for repeat visits in which the art is always new and revelatory.