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Who We Are Out of the Dark

October 20-November 15

Exhibition of cyanotype printed on textile in conjunction with several dance performances by Brahim.

This project, inspired by the theory of epigenetics, began with research during Covid-19’s shelter-in-place earlier this spring with a goal to create over 100 gestures with the sun and document the process on film and large scale prints. The result is an exhibition of cyanotype printed on textile in conjunction with several dance performances by Brahim. The theory of epigenetics states that the egg which created you was formed inside of your mother’s fetus while she was inside of your grandmother’s womb. Studies have proven that we both biologically and psychologically inherit at least three generations back to the mental and physical health of our maternal grandmother. This signifies we can then inherit oppression, hardships, and loss, carrying not only our own burdens but also the burdens of our ancestors. The pieces presented at Nationale were created through a practice which translates gestures of the body into a language which depicts loss, resistance, and the constant transformations we experience in this body. Created with the sun and Brahim’s own body through long periods of exposure, this time based process replicates an act of remembering. Remembering honors the lived experiences of others, as well as those who are no longer here by creating symbols of our collective memory, inherited trauma, and embodied grief.


October 20 @ 11:00 am
November 15 @ 5:00 pm
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Sarah Brahim
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15 SE 22nd Ave.,
Portland, OR 97214 US

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