Like everything alive that we try to hold forever
22 September 2023 – From 6 to 9 pm.
Until 17 December 2023.
Esker Foundation – Calgary (CANADA).
Artists: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Diane Borsato, Stephanie Dinkins, Bridget Moser, Sondra Perry, and Miya Turnbull
Like everything alive that we try to hold forever brings together seven artists whose works, in a broad sense, reflect ways that our human bodies exist in relation to non-human objects and the complex, interconnected ways that these objects, through their systemic collection, consumption, and contextualization, impact our understanding of self and others.
Through a collection of coded consumer objects used as props and bodily proxies, Bridget Moser’s My Crops are Dying but My Body Persists engages absurdist humour to address the existential anxiety of being a fallible body living in a world afflicted by a host of interconnected diseases: overconsumption through capitalism, environmental degradation, social isolation, white supremacy. Alongside a succession of unsettling, almost fetishistic, object interactions and an emotionally resonant soundtrack (ranging from Enya, to fun., to Karl Jenkins’ composition for De Beers diamonds), Moser’s character narrates a fragmented series of voice overs that alternate between apprehensively insightful, to slightly delusional, to fatalistically self-reflexive.