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Julia Hendrickson: As She, Rehearses Disappearance

July 20 – August 21, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Fragmented images of a female dancer are projected onto a gallery wall, drawing attention to the instability of photographs, performance, and human memory. As the dancer turns, a string coils around her body and leaves ephemeral imprints on her skin. Through cinematic capture and repetition, the brief performance is pulled into a medium that extends its life. The materials comprising the installation are a physical extension of the dance, embodying the dancer’s performativity: tension arises from the taut string; movement is expressed through the body and the flickering film; and sound emanates from a piano recording and the clicking of 16mm projectors. Everything comes together in a constant act of circularity. The installation presents a performance in various stages of withdrawal, as both the subject and the documentation of her performance will inevitably disappear.




Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, July 20
6:00–8:00 PM

Close up of the back of a woman's legs, with a thin string tied around them
Fig. 1

Julia Hendrickson, still from As She, Rehearses Disappearance, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Blurry strips of orange, brown, and white, on a black background
Fig. 2

Julia Hendrickson, still from As She, Rehearses Disappearance, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Blurry strips of orange, brown, and white, on a black background
Fig. 3

Julia Hendrickson, still from As She, Rehearses Disappearance, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Installation Shots

Blurry text printed on layers of paper. Title reads "As she, rehearses disappearance, Julia Hendrickson"
Fig. 1

Julia Hendrickson: As She, Rehearses Disappearance (installation view), 2016 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still of the side of a woman's face, obscured by vertical black lines
Fig. 2

Julia Hendrickson: As She, Rehearses Disappearance (installation view), 2016 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still of the side of a woman's face, obscured by vertical black lines
Fig. 3

Julia Hendrickson: As She, Rehearses Disappearance (installation view), 2016 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre