Lulling waters of the sea create family memories, reflecting cycles of the moon, tides and menstruation. Home emerges as a reference point to describe understandings of origin. Personal memories of performed motherhood are reassembled as a public performance.
A transsexual woman, unable to bear children, uses her mother’s voice to speak warmly about her male partner. Mother remembers her child’s life and identity, re-making the woman on the screen as the boy who was.
“I tried all kinds of clothes on your back but you always looked like a girl. People would ask: Are you a little boy or a little girl?”
Text: Marty Spellerberg. Images: Mirha-Soleil Ross, Allo Performance! (Canada 2002, 13:00), courtesy of V tape.
Notes on V tape’s Curatorial Incubator, Round 2
- Blanca Casas Brullet’s Prendas
- Gunilla Josephson’s The Hedda Videos: Part 4
- Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael’s The Mission
- Laura Parnes’ Hollywood Inferno, Episode 1
- Eduardo Menz’s Las Mujeres de Pinochet
- Keith Sanborn’s Kritik an Reiner’s Vernunft
- Mirha-Soleil Ross’ Allo Performance!
- Ulrike Rosenbach’s Einwicklung mit Julia