We Are Not Who We Were 1999
photo- and video-based installation


1999 - Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2000 - 3rd Kwangju Biennale, South Korea
2002 - Neutral Ground Gallery and Artist-Run Centre, Regina, Canada

2003 - Chapter Gallery, Cardiff UK as part of Home and Other Fictions


The installation is comprised of two elements, an introductory light box and a darkened space with two video projections. The 4' x 1' lightbox displays a duratran of a male chest with pierced nipples and a tattoo of Latin script in a Celtic font. 'non sum qualis eram', translates as 'I am not who I was'. Two silent, monochrome circular projections, 5' in diameter, show cropped male and  female faces (myself and partner) on opposite sides of an otherwise empty space. The projections presents a relationship between two characters, suggested through the language of the face and the gaze.The projections are in slow motion with a slight strobe lending a filmic quality to the video. The faces display expressions that slide between pain and pleasure and appear to interact with each other with side-ways looks and glances.


Read reviews of this project:
Eye Magazin
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Globe and Mail Newspaper

Read an essay about this project:
Brochure text by Jenifer Papararo