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Louise Liliefeldt: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FORGET?

Wednesday, October 19, 6pm
Signy Eaton Gallery
Free with Gallery admission
Presented in conjunction with the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FORGET? is a durational performance that marks Lilifeldt’s return to the form. The work extends her previous explorations of action-based meditation on a topic and site, and features a series of tableaux examining notions of memory and trust.

In the words of the artist:

“In this new work I attempt to bring together images representing two ideas. One is murder and the other is Dementia. These are big subjects but they are two that have been on my mind for some time.

It seems that victims of murderous deaths have their life cut short, whereas it feels as though someone living with Dementia has been sentenced, in a way, to stretch out the pain of loss of memory.

One we are exposed to through stories and images constantly, the other we know so little about. I wonder how these images of murderous death affect what we remember, how much we forget and what we forget about it. I wonder what it is like inside the mind of a person suffering from Dementia. What is remembered and why.

There are too many questions to answer, so in this performance I am simply creating images and actions that are representations of the many thoughts, experiences and confusions I have relative to the ideas mentioned above.”

Featuring the body of Diane McGrath.

About the Artist

Louise Liliefeldt is a Toronto-based performance artist and painter. Her work is concerned with the politics of identity as they intersect with gender, race and class.

“In the last 7 or years I have made less art than ever, have been working full time and have a father living with Dementia. He lives at home and my mother is his Caregiver. For now, this is my life.”

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