18 gerunds = 18 performances for camera + Cold War subtext
I believe that mending is a form of healing. Repairing a hem can be the first step to mending a broken heart.
I sew sagging hems, patch torn sleeves, & search my button boxes for the perfect-sized button to fix a shirt. For every mending action, I sew a button on myself. My goal is to transform my long black apron into a modern version of a traditional London Pearlie.
This process-based, research-driven and durational performance was created using THE BODY as a source of knowledge and performed in Hart House’s Bikersteth Library at University of Toronto.
curated by Todd Janes for Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
During a one month residency with Freya Bjorg Olafson concurrent with the OCCUPY Movement, Dragu created a one woman TV station. She made 4-7 pm broadcasts of projection-performances featuring her live interactions with her daily video reportage-exploration of the city of Edmonton including local architecture and daily visits to the OCCUPY Protest Camp combined with international news reportage on OCCUPY. Verb Woman TV culminated in a final live performance and video streaming event in the gallery for both a live and web audience.
Photos: Robert Harpin
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.
photos: Wayne Worden
After a morning yoga class, Dragu created a daily performance art workshop combining gestures, movement, voice, objects and materials to explore a “daily verb aktion” and then edited a video journal post for facebook.