A couple of years ago, I started developing a project that didn’t have much shape at the time but that I was interested in pursuing. I started working with dancers and people generally in tune with their body. I developed a series of narratives that were intended to be expressed physically, through motion and movement. Each narrative was loosely influenced by what I wanted to see but was also left largely open to each individual performer to interpret.
I have some experience photographing performances and really liked the resulting pictures but was struck by the fact that they were primarily documents of someone else’s work. I wanted to create performances that were first and foremost intended to be photographed. The viewer would experience the pieces through the images exclusively.
My interest in power dynamics permeates the images. The narratives all revolve around the idea of an individual overcoming a power imbalance at some cost or with some struggle.
The work, titled Commotion, will be exhibited this coming Friday at SNAP gallery in Edmonton and will be up for a month.