Expensive dishes and good family china occupy a unique role of disjuncture between the generations that come to inherit them. For re-emerging artist Rahna Moreau, the family dishes she inherited culminated into a medium charged with loss and grief, for which she conceived of the performance “Dishes Will Be Broken.” In 2015, Rahna thought of the deaths in her family: a stillborn, an infant, a brother, both parents, and especially her sister’s suicide. The performance celebrates the power of anger and the breaking down of barriers that repress it. It is informed by cultures and subcultures that have effectively brought anger into their works.
As an expression of the liminal space between grief and anger, this performance is driven and contextualized by Moreau’s attempts to piece together the final week of her sister’s life. Moreau uncovered new information about her sister’s suicide including her sister’s repressed sexual orientation and the side effects of a newly prescribed medication. This unleashed a powerful and motivating anger. The family dishes and an earlier idea resurfaced—one where dishes would be broken.
The performance will orchestrate the breaking of eight of the twelve place settings of the artist’s inherited family china. Located at 1066 Dundas Street West, the exhibition runs 24 hours from January 19-24, with the actual performances to take place January 21-24, from 4-8pm daily.
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