I am composing a ritual around images of falling water projected onto the surface of the former synagogue alongside the old mikvah, now in ruins. The ritual conjures the sacred Jewish act of washing and explores feelings of guilt and innocence, from past and present.
Trails through dried fields and gnarled cork oak lead to a ruined train station. I find stones, bones parched by heat, and listen to rhythms in my returning breath. I draw on cast-off marble fragments, making new relics.
Paint on skin, in video, digitally processed, an iterative way to meditate on physical boundaries, containment, and impermanence. I worked quickly in this series, generating brushstrokes that come about through movement and response to place.
Created in collaboration with Dogon's Miguel Noya and Paul Godwin, and integrating poetic inspirations from Pessoa, the work commemorates 100 years since the end of WWI, and follows the journey of a shepherd as he becomes a soldier facing his own mortality. Dance, music, and projected images culminated with the reading of the names of local soldiers lost in the war.