Where the Gravity Is
durational performative photography
Residency at Artscape Toronto Canada
28th April – 12th May, 2014
Text by Camilla Kraft
matras, mattress (these are the two languages I know this word in). I like that your pictures make me remember/feel
weight/touch/temperature of that ‘stuff’
(it’s body-like body-being) – and feel surprised at it’s visual-ness (ridgy, rhythmic, c-curve like a sideways-uterine-diagram.. squeezy, wongy, lyric) – and makes me want to make the word for the ‘thing’ in the two ways I know it:
(it changes.. the Afrikaans and the English don’t have the same feel/meaning).
hugginess (texture squeezyness).
the relationship (funny) is there.. weighty friend/lover, sympathetic/squashy/huggable, burdensome.. but also funny in being so very (excessively) burdensome.
why do I recognize this ‘person’ (hierdie matras)?
body-balance.. where the gravity (center of, hip-push balance) is..
Camilla Kraft at the time of writing this text was completing her MFA at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Central to her work, artistic and otherwise, are two threads: the ability or inability to frame concepts in language, and the politics of inclusion and exclusion. Both threads trace back to her childhood in South Africa.