Leah Decter                          

Imprint
2008

video



Imprint


Imprint is a performance video underpinned by personal and national narratives – stories of relief from displacement sought in a country itself founded on colonial processes of Indigenous dispossession. With the land/scape performing crucial aspects of the narrative, the performance plays in a quintessentially Canadian winter setting where a figure performs a ritual in two parts. One is a contest between footsteps and the blowing snow and the other is a deliberate act of remembrance, an echo of the Jewish custom of leaving pebbles on a grave. Drawing on notions of agency, memory and loss and accountability, Imprint speaks to stories of the movement of people in which location and dislocation are inextricably intertwined.


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