Wearing a vintage style bathing suit and sunglasses, ground breaking multi-disciplinary artist Karen Bernard creates a heightened performance from mundane activities and images as she grapples with memory, loss, acceptance and mortality. Within a durational and evolving video installation, Bernard will perform an exhilarating performance not unlike a doll in a jewelry box, bending and shifting with nuanced attractive and unattractive posturing. Developed at Foundation Obras at Evoramonte, Portugal, Poolside uses found architecture and unexpected projection angles, playing with the tension of seeing and being seen. Set to an emotional pop score, Bernard evokes nostalgia and exuberance, transporting us into the lazy days of summer in the middle of winter.
Documentation of live video/performance at Foundation Obras, Evoramonte, Portugal, October 2018
Read more about Poolside: Lisa Parra in Conversation with Karen Bernard [PDF] in Movement Research Critical Correspondence, 4/15/19