ADELAIDE DAMOAH: Reembodying the Real
Damoah is interested in the use of recorded history to generate a spontaneous response. Where the previously known becomes unknown and becomes known again. The uncanny - the familiar within the familiar, or the unfamiliar within the familiar. Through her performances, she is the channel by which the previously unknown becomes known again.
She uses her work to explore the unstable boundary distinctions between the human 'subjective self' and the non human 'objective other' materials of nature with which she conjointly produces these artworks. A viewer of her performances may experience both an enhanced/impaired distinction between his/her self' and the profane/sacred 'other' life(s) in a (sub)liminal 'zone' of perception that was previously forbidden to him/her; and encourages the viewer to attribute mysterious, enigmatic and unfixed meanings to the ancestral/new life.
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