© Natalia Nicholson
Hee Ran Lee (New York, Seoul)
March 23, 8 p.m.
Performance Art Series
The search for who we are is often fuelled by a need to find a place where we belong. The notion of place in Canada in 2017 will be significant. Narratives particular to belonging and to social cohesion will be critical. Taking Place is a performance art series conceived as a means to group together eight significant performance artists from around the globe under one roof precisely at a time when the notion of place becomes especially relevant. Place as address, as geography, as territorial attachment. Community. Taking Place was also conceived as a means to reference civil rights and liberation movements, of inclusiveness. Taking one’s place at a time when the notion of equity is equally as climacteric. Intersection, social identity and indefinite borders.
Fifty light bulbs hang together from the ceiling, emitting a strong glow into the center of a dark room. As the audience enters the space, this stark image is their initial experience of a piece that is both installation and interactive performance. Hee Ran Lee*’s *50 Bulbs explores the dichotomy of “I” versus “other”, and the insecurities consequent to cultural marginalization. Growing up female in the patriarchal power structure of South Korea, as well as living extensive periods away from home as a cultural minority, has provoked Lee’s research on “otherness” and how it relates to conformity and dominance. The fragility of the lightbulbs create a tense and precarious space as the audience find themselves integral to the work’s conclusion.
Hee Ran Lee is a performance artist whose work presents immersive environments that allow audiences to investigate a thoroughly constructed time and space.
Performance : March 23
20 $ per Taking Place performance
60 $ Taking Place Passport: Illimited access to all 8 performances