The work was available on our website only for the period of the screening.
“on being a guest” (00:05:45) by Rebecca Ladida, Canada, USA, 2022
“on being a guest” is a somatic reflection on the ethics and care of being a settler, a tourist, a guest. Far from leaving no trace at all, the artist yet attempts at sweeping their footstep in the white sand desert on Mescalero Apache & Tampachoa lands, as they move through space. The broom being an unequivocal symbol of domestic labor and, also, of cleansing rituals all over the world, the piece may bring attention to the gendered labor that is tending to all our relations.
The video piece is part of Rebecca Ladida ‘s broader transdisciplinary art project titled “Carceral Ecologies: Landscapes for Decolonizing our Relations” which tackles our experiences of colonialism, extractivism, borders and desires.
Rebecca Ladida is a transdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation. Through mixed media installation, sculpture, performance, immersive art, video work, research and DIY curating, Rebecca’s solo and collaborative practice provides modals of intimacy, hospitality and ecological co-habitation fostering new and radical placemaking. They are currently working on a long-term project on extractive and carceral structures of existence called Carceral Ecologies. Ladida’s work has been shown at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the Downtown Player’s Club in Atlanta, Dfbrl8r Gallery and Siblings in Chicago, The Situation Room and LACE: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in L.A., RAIZVANGUARDA Associação Cultural in Bordeiro (Portugal), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Festival HTMlles & dpi.23, Ada X, in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, to name a few. They have guest lectured at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago (USA), as well as Ottawa University in Canada.