Hazel Meyer, The Weight of Inheritance — cruising Joyce's house, 2020, video, 25:31min. Courtesy the artist. Closed captions available.
Hazel Meyer: The Weight of Inheritance — cruising Joyce's house
Presented as part of The Pandemic is a Portal
The Weight of Inheritance looks to the legacy of Canadian artist and experimental filmmaker Joyce Wieland to work across questions of non-biological inheritance, dispossession, care, and desire. In The Weight of Inheritance — cruising Joyce's house (2020), Meyer enters what was once Wieland’s Queen Street East house in Toronto via a realtor’s interactive web tour to locate, mourn and radicalize the objects inside.
Thank you to Cait McKinney, Jane Rowland and the Canada Council for the Arts.
A version of The Weight of Inheritance — cruising Joyce's house with verbal description is below:
Description by Cheryl Green.
Hazel Meyer works with installation, performance and text to investigate the relationships between sexuality, feminism and material culture. Her work aims to recover the queer aesthetics, politics and bodies that are often effaced within histories of infrastructure, athletics and illness. Often using scaffolding, banners and hand-painted serif-fonts, alongside a commitment to movement and intimacy, Meyer asks how it is possible to enliven and re-centre the importance of desire, queerness and sweat in contemporary political moments. She presently lives in Vancouver, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations.
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