Performance artists Ekalos Reed, Aine McCarthy and Kara Duval offer a 12-hour long response to Thais Mather’s show “Reckless Abandon,” which contemplates humanity and how culture began, during “A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance” on January 20 at form & concept.
Duval presents “RED,” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in a solo performance. “My hope with RED and the whole day of ritual performance is to have the people attending experience on a visceral, felt level,” she explains. “Maybe even recognize some of their own stories of disassociation and heal the scars of shame and violence towards the body.”
Reed says that her piece with McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead,” is “an invitation to reflect on this continuing legacy of violence in our own place and community. We hope people feel called from their hearts and their guts to engage.”
“Tending the Mighty Dead” takes place in the corner of the gallery where a life-size burned wooden figure of a woman lies on a raised stand. In this piece, McCarthy and Reed move very slowly among flowers on the floor of the gallery.
“We will take small breaks as needed but one of us will be present the entire 12 hours,” Reed adds. “We will be connecting with the energy of Thais Mather’s work, our soundscape and the viewers present at any given time in an attitude of unknowing and letting those currents move us.”
Duval describes “RED” as a reintegration ritual that searches for reclamation by following a 300-foot path of red satin throughout different locations in the gallery.
“This is about the movement to return home to the body and recognize its inherent whole(some)ness,” she says. “Creating an audio narrative to accompany this journey along the fabric, I have woven together women’s personal stories dealing with body shame, objectification, fear and abuse.”
The public is invited to attend the event at any point and for any desired length of time. The first three hours of the performance can be viewed from outside since the gallery doesn’t open until 10 a.m.