A Collaboration with Artist Rachel Echenberg

Free admission
Date and time
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 to Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 6 PM

In conjunction with Dora García’s performance project Two Planets Have Been Colliding for Thousands of Years, artist Rachel Echenberg was invited by the Education team at the PHI Foundation to create a project that reflects on her work in performance through an art activity for the public, a video work presentation and a conversation. 

An Art Activity for the Public: Pile, Touch, Yell, Cocoon: Performance Suggestions
July 7—August 1, 2021
This activity, involving a series of instruction cards for the public, is based on Rachel Echenberg’s performance practice. Through text and photographs, each propose an action to be performed in groups or alone. The cards are now available at the PHI Foundation, as well as online.

Video Screening: How to explain performance art to my teenage daughter. (2018)
Streaming as of July 13 at 6 PM EDT
From July 13 to August 1, 2021, Rachel Echenberg’s video work How to explain performance art to my teenage daughter. (2018) will be presented on this web page to offer further insight into how the collaborative project with the Education team relates to her art practice. 

A Conversation with the Artist
Streaming as of July 13 at 6 PM EDT
In a pre-recorded video conversation, Rachel Echenberg is joined by members of the Education team to discuss how the instruction cards that she proposes can be experimented with. Duration: 15 minutes.
Presented in English with French translation. 

About Rachel Echenberg’s Practice
Rachel Echenberg’s visual art practice is based in performance, photo and video. In recent years, she has been exploring the theme of family through notions of intimacy, vulnerability, interaction in shared space. She has been bringing others, intimates from her own family as well as strangers, directly into the creation process for several years. This creates profound and challenging experiences, in that these explorations use the body in constant negotiation with the uncontrollability of everyday life. In this frame, the complexities of family reveal themselves slowly as the balance of love and tension emerge, outside of sentimental or romantic notions.


Rachel Echenberg
Since 1992 Rachel Echenberg’s work has been performed, exhibited and screened across Canada as well as internationally in Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, UK and USA. Her video work is represented by Vidéographe in Montreal and Vtape in Toronto. Echenberg holds a BFA from the NSCAD in Canada and an MA in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in the UK. Rachel Echenberg currently teaches at Dawson College where she is chairperson of the Fine Arts Department.

Rachel Echenberg
Tas 1- Maison / Pile 1 - House
Photo, 2019

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