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Everywhere, Marie

A series of site-specific moving image installations consisting of a puppet made of reflective material (celluloid, metal plates) a film loop that is projected onto the puppet, throwing reflections of the projected imagery onto the surrounding environment, and a soundtrack of traditional Mardi Gras music. The celluloid from which the puppet is made is an ethnographic film entitled “African City” and the loop projected onto the puppet is a hand-crafted parade of the faces of all of the women in the film.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Marie Laveau, a well-known 19th century New Orleans sorceress revered for her supernatural powers, including the power of astral projection which allowed her to appear in multiple locations at the same time.

This installation was presented in two locations: a swamp in rural central Florida during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the bathroom of a Miami gallery following Hurricane Wilma.  The film loop was ultimately destroyed by the repeated projections, and by happenstance, a plumbing problem flooded the Miami gallery on opening night.