Reena Almoneda Chang, Meena Murugesan, Émilie Monnet and I endeavored to create the conditions within which a self-selecting group of mostly strangers could open up the possibility to co-investigate the notions of home and beauty as relational practice and as context-emergent, ephemeral affirmations of life and political agency. Having worked with Reena, Meena and Émilie individually on other projects and knowing of their interest in the overlapping fields of home and body, I invited them to join me in this research/creation process.
Reena Almoneda Chang is a movement artist and educator who draws from her performance and community work on the transformation of grief due to forced displacement through dance and the creation of contemporary ritual. Meena Murugesan is an Indo-contemporary dancer, documentary filmmaker and community arts educator committed to working towards personal and social transformation. Emilie Monnet is a performance artist and community activist of Anishnaabe First Nation and French descent. Having lived in different parts of the world, she now is settling home in the traditional lands of Mohawk people (Montreal).
Videographers: Nika Khanjani and Marco Antonio Luna Barahona
Editors: Meena Murugesan and Aleksandra Zajko