Based on the story of the Inuit, whose ancestors were dragged around Europe as exhibits in the eighteenth century, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory goes in search of her own ancestors and links them with current questions: what does it mean to be forced into a role? How much do cultures depend on codified images? How can these images be changed, distorted, painted over? Williamson Bathory suspends the traditional post-colonial view in her piece through the combination of the traditional Greenlandic mask dance, uaajeerneq, and contemporary video art. In a powerful performance that moves between dance, video and orchestral music, she creates a space that expresses both an atmosphere of irony and mischief, and of violence and fear.
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is a Canadian performer who describes herself as Inuk and explores her own background in her work through the aesthetics she uses and the themes she addresses. In 2017, she was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Reveal Indigenous Art Award.