‘where our bodies hit the world’ is an attempt to conform to a standard and being found lacking. A performance evolved to control our bodies which only undermine the regulation. Resulting in performative photographic and video work around trauma, rage and resilience.
New Zealand based artist Justine Walker uses repetition, performance and lived experience to research longing, loss, acceptance and family. Her latest video work ‘do you love me?’ is a longing for acceptance. A woman plays into the miscommunication of love by sending semaphore signals in mirror image. The red & yellow Oscar flags, used to signal at sea, increase the distance as she repeatedly asks passers-by, ‘do you love me?’, not knowing if the question is noticed, heard or understood.
‘do you love me?’ is a video work of a woman using a child size pair of semaphore flags to repeatedly signal ‘do you love me’. However, the woman is signalling in mirror image, a common mistake when first learning semaphore, playing further into the miscommunication around love. The flags are red & yellow Oscar flags used to signal at sea, increasing the miscommunication and distance between performer and viewer.
Many thanks to Matariki Williams for her thoughtful review of M/other on THE PANTOGRAPH PUNCH. A guided tour of the works included and the artists
11 artists from around the country have been brought together to critically discuss an inclusive interpretation of motherhood, mothering and maternal roles. Expressed through moving image, photography, sculpture and installation; the artists share both a radical vulnerability and empowered strength.
20 April – 7 August 2019
Whakatane Museum and Arts
Opening: 11 am Saturday 20 April 2019.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘mother’? This question has occupied the minds of 11 artists from around the country, who have been brought together to critically discuss an inclusive interpretation of motherhood, mothering and maternal roles.