September 15th – October 15th, 2016

Project description

Desirée Holman’s work attempts to occupy British anthropologist Victor Turner’s notion of liminality, a transitional state of ritual wherein participants fully engaged in performance inhabit a series of new, hybrid identities.

The artist’s multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche.

For the video triptych Heterotopias, Holman asked nine performers to channel fantasy narratives and personal desires to create an avatar, or surrogate identity, which she then realized, first with props and costumes, and then with fully rendered 3-D models in a virtual gamescape.


Image credits: Desirée Holman, video still from Heterotopias, 2011.

Photos: Guy L’Heureux