‘Falling forever: A video performance about trauma and relief’

Tamara Kuselman

Tamara Kuselman’s exhibition ‘Pool Without a Rim’ never opened to the public. Because of known causes, effects, and measures (the Covid-19 pandemic) we too had to close our doors to the public. In Kuselman’s film ‘Falling forever: A video performance about trauma and relief’, we witness a group of performers collectively moving through the exhibition, at times touching, supporting, and dropping both themselves, each other, and body-part-like ceramic objects that hang from large pieces of fabric from the chapel’s ceiling.

Falling bodies, absent bodies: these images become even more apparent in an installation to which no audience has been close. Only those that made and maintained the exhibition have spent time in (off-line) proximity with the work: the artist, the performers, the assistants, that one friend, the curator that left, the curator that came, the content manager, the business director, the photographer, the videographer, the volunteers, the new board member, the paint suppliers; making explicit, perhaps even more than ever, the infrastructures supporting the becoming of an art exhibition.

Tamara Kuselman says: ‘While ‘A Pool Without a Rim’ is coming to an end, I’m looking at a project that suffered from uncertainty, waiting, falling, navigating and changing course. My installation reflected on those matters, but due to changing regulations and a second lockdown, it became also subject to it. This was challenging, but it was also an invitation to rethink the project in a way that resonated with the reality that we are all facing nowadays.

During the research for this project, I exchanged thoughts with different professionals about stability as flexibility, stability as a temporary state held by two forces in tension, stability as avoiding planning to not frustrate expectations or death as the only real stable moment during life. These insights culminated in the installation, and later in a film-performance ‘Falling forever: A video performance about trauma and relief’.

Special thanks to the three awesome performers: Maria Mavridou, Tashi Iwaoka and Goda Žukauskaitė who opened up to dig into their own vulnerabilities and find ways of moving towards an understanding of healing together. Special thanks go out to them and all the tech team behind this work.’

Made possible by: Mondriaan Fonds, Gemeente Hoorn en Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Courtesy of Tamara Kuselman. www.tamarakuselman.com

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