Dana Claxton: The Uplifting, 2012 – Video Installation with Sound

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

The Uplifting combines a set of three scenes. The Nobility, The Suffering, and The Encouragement study the movement of the central figure Indian Woman. She has nobility through heredity chiefdom, the practicing of traditional knowledge and good deeds. The good work that she does for the people is honoured through gifts from the hunt and adornments for her body. Although she has suffered as a result of cruel histories, she has also suffered through self-sacrifice and selflessness so the people may live. Through her noble good deeds and suffering, she has acquired and been bestowed with manna and she in turn gives this manna back to the people. The ancestors have given her medicine and in the third installation she freely gives the healing to the people.
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