"Sanya’s sister dies of pneumonia during the birth of her child (Pantomime 7/F)," production still (2003)

"Sanya’s sister dies of pneumonia during the birth of her child (Pantomime 7/F)," production still, 2003
Performer: Democco Atcher. From "Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land," five channels shot on 16 mm film, transferred to video, projected from DVD, 21 minutes 48 seconds per channel, black and white, silent
© Catherine Sullivan

"In this work, we started with pantomime, thinking about it as a very reduced form of theater that required the actor to work hard to create a kind of ‘elsewhere’ with nothing else around him. These pantomimes were arbitrary. And because they were arbitrary they could be seen as brutal or mechanized and automatic. The movement style was an analogy for the cultural brutality that was part of the content of the work. If I look at all the works objectively, I think there are certain interests that I have in how the body might ultimately engage with a certain kind of mechanization."
- Catherine Sullivan