NUESTRA SENORA DEL PAN: rising (Montreal)

Dragu’s month long durational performances celebrated the peasant with daily bread making and public feeding in a high tech urban landscape while exploring notions of generosity, charity and equality. The final evening performance  combined bread, flags, prostitution and Leonard Cohen while venturing from the gallery to the romantic rain-slicked streets of Montreal; Mois de la Performance, Powerhouse la Centrale, Montreal.

video by Deer Girl aka Tammy Forsythe

photos: Sandra Lynn Belanger and Marie-Andree Rho

VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/a dance of forgetting

Dragu’s first solo exhibition included 2 channel video installation, repertoire cinema, and interactive archive/research web stations; curated by Nan Capogna for Richmond Art Gallery,
Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu’s lens focuses on footage from Berlin and Belfast as well as documentation from her 2009-2011 performances of VERB WOMAN: a dance of forgetting(dedicated to her mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease); in context of creating an interactive data base researching chance operation and improvisation.

VERB WOMAN: spatial profiling for Mayworks

Video simulcast of live performances by Dragu & Francisco-Fernando Granados who borrowed a Dragu performance gesture from a photo he saw in an art magazine of her 1999 performance EINE KLEIN NACHT RADIO. For four years, Francisco performed Spatial Profiling as a site-specific durational drawing aktion. They two re-untied for a work exploring issues of rupture, displacement, immigration and memory.