IMPRESSIONS: devynn emory's "deadbird," Presented by Danspace Project
I’ve been thinking a lot about death recently, and maybe you have too. An unlucky thirteen months and a few days from the first reported fatality in the USA, COVID-19 continues to thrust its unwelcome presence into our lives. The virus has taken so many people that, collectively, our nation must shoulder a coffin laden with over half a million bodies. The grief is personal for those who’ve lost loved ones and universal for those who’re stunned by the staggering death toll, but together we grieve because we are humans who value other humans.
Yet, although we’ve practiced grieving for multiple millennia, the world being a place where the story concludes for someone the same way, every day, processing grief, understanding grief, existing within grief remains a challenge.
devynn emory is in a unique place to steward us through these rocky waters. A transgender, mixed-race indigenous artist who also works as a registered nurse, their embodied experience resides in the liminal space between here and there, now and then. They . . .
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Screengrab from "deadbird"