A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance
In conjunction with Thais Mather’s exhibition Reckless Abandon,
and featuring Ekalos Reed, Áine McCarthy & Kara Duval
Saturday, January 20, 7 am-7pm
7 am-7 pm: Ekalos Reed & Áine McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead”
4:30-6:30 pm: Kara Duval, “RED”
6-7 pm: Closing Ceremony
Please note: From 7 to 10 am, the performance will be visible from outside form & concept, but the gallery does not open to the public until 10 am.
Sequence of Events
The public is invited to attend the event at anytime and for any duration from 10 am to 7 pm to watch, write a prayer, ring a bell, offer a flower, meditate or engage in some other respectful way with the ritual.
“Tending the Mighty Dead”
Áine McCarthy & Ekalos Reed
Áine McCarthy and Ekalos Reed perform “Tending the Mighty Dead” a 12 hour ritual prayer to embody the remembrance of our killed ancestors (women and others) and to invite their wisdom to take root in our individual and collective flesh, bones, and blood. “In ancient times Art was not separate from Healing,” says Reed. “In this spirit we offer ourselves in movement for twelve hours to see clearly the injustice and feel clearly the pain. In doing this we create a space for wisdom and strength to return to us.” The ritual will include a soundscape of present-day field recordings from places here in New Mexico and far away that have historical significance to the project. Bearing witness in ourselves and in places where injustices have occured is part of the healing process and helps tend the ground to grow new creative and healthy lifeways.
4:30 – 6:30pm
Kara Duval performs “RED”, a reintegrating ritual that snakes its way through the exhibit in search of reclamation. The set for ‘Red’ consists of over 300 ft of red fabric that is woven through the art works in the gallery. Duval traverses the fabric, symbolizing the long journey often taken to return home to the body after experiencing trauma. Movement is one of the first expressions restricted when a person or a people have gone through trauma. RED is about the movement to return home to the body and recognizing its inherent wholeness. Duval uses dance and story to reconnect and heal the fabric of her individual and collective histories. She uses an audio tapestry of women’s personal stories revolving around shame, abuse, and trauma as a sound score to her journey.
Reed, McCarthy and Duval are joined by additional performers to complete the closing ceremony.
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1, 3 & 5: Ekalos Reed & Áine McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Timothy Jason Reed.
2, 4 & 6: Kara Duval, “RED,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Kara Duval.