Her Posture is a dance, photography and poem project done in collaboration with archaeologist Marko Marila and archaeologist/artist/curator Jeff Benjamin. The project attempted to capture and materialise an ephemeral encounter between a dancer and a heritage site (scroll down to read more). The photography and poem is exhibited throughout the academic year of 2020 at the Low Memorial Library / Columbia University as part of the Soil is Sentient exhibition with other ar(t)chaeological projects (in the pictures)
More about the project
Her Posture actualised at the remains of the WW2 PoW camp site of Kankiniemi in Inari, Finland. What seems to be characteristic of this heritage site, is the way it disguises itself in the nature. Mushrooms, grass, new- grown trees and flowers are pushing through the rotten wooden structures, giving new forms for the site iteself. The site also serves as backdrop for paranormal experiences and ghost sightings. As an alien visitor the dancer experienced the site as a place of fleeting memories and as a medium for experiencing and intensifying the interplay of actualities in nature. She attuned and attempted toward a posture that stays in-between memorising and forgetting; narrating and listening; distance and closeness; healing and archiving. The curatorial project by Jeff Benjamin as an experimental and gestural act within the academic institutional field of archaeology was a perfect place to exhibit the work of art since it does not consider the relationship between archaeology and the arts as purely representational, but rather as a space of in-betweenness.