Photo Credit: Sophie Barras
View video extract on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/42934526Created for the group project 'Echelon' based on an asylum in Brecon, North Wales, In Their Hands is a video comprised of selected pieces taken from a series of performances recorded in several community-orientated spaces in Cardiff.
Viewers were invited to care for the artist by feeding her the food present on the table tray. Remaining silent and defenceless, she became to many the recipient for their thoughts, memories and feelings provoked by their participation in the performance.
Responding most strongly to the humane aspect of the project, Emilie took a particular interest in the issues surrounding both institutional and community care, exacerbated by the current economical and sociological climate. Her desire to experience a sense of vulnerability informed the piece, along with that of interacting with others and provoking an emotional response.
Echelon can be defined as a level of command, authority or rank, which is another key aspect of Emilie’s work as the partakers willingly take charge of her, thus temporarily becoming her guardians.
Filming & editing by Alli Albion
Video duration: 35 mins, each performance lasting 30 to 40 minutes
Fabric (machine and hand made hospital gown), table tray, bowl, spoon, artist's body
Film and video