UNFOLDING

Two-Channel Video

Unfolding explores a series of ritual bodily gestures that evoke emotional contrasts – from meditative acts of silence to charged imagery of implied violence and grief – a dichotomy of calmness and anxiety is revealed.

Author Krista Tippett writes, "Rituals are sophisticated ancient intelligence about the body. Kneeling, folding hands in prayer, and breaking bread; liturgies of grieving, gathering, and celebration — such actions create visceral containers of time and posture. They are like physical corollaries to poetry — condensed, economical gestures that carry inordinate meaning and import. Rituals tether emotion in flesh and blood and bone and help release it. They embody memory in communal time."

© 2020 by Erin Elyse Burns