Our current large-scale project is a documentary/ecological exhibition: "Burning or Breathing." The exhibition and film follow Earth Guardians from across Turtle Island / North America, as they create a sustainable and regenerative future. Throughout this storytelling project, land and water will join the conversation through Spoken Earth Dances. In a series of site specific dance performances, movement will give voice to fractured landscapes. The basis of all these dances is an in depth historical and ecological research. In the choreography the body becomes a symbol for of the silenced voices of fallen trees, the void of destroyed ecosystems and the new growth that regenerates from the ashes.
The project will later come together as a Dance Film/Documentary, which can also take the form of an educational exhibition. Both in its gallery and film form, the project uses the documentation of the dances (either videos or photography) to illustrate the struggle of an environment under siege and the front-line communities that have resisted conquest over the centuries. The documentary will follow the artists’ journey as they travel to different locations throughout Turtle Island (North America). The dances and the documentary footage will be accentuated with interviews with local artists, activists, historians, elders and climate scientists.
The gallery exhibitions, much like the documentary, will be structured as a story telling tool. Both will involve panel discussions moderated by the artists and featuring guest speakers that can offer an in depth historical or ecological perspective. The exhibition will include pictures and videos taken during the project. In this way, the gallery space will transform into an immersive environment, which the visitors can explore, reliving the same voyage the artists undertook in navigating the land and its memory.
To join us on this adventure, feel free to follow us at @talkingwings. You can donate to our project here. Talking Wings is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Talking Wings are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.