Caught Between Waves: Performing a Story is based on an incident where I got into difficulty in a strong current in the sea off Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.
I tell the story, accompanied by video stills, of my thoughts and memories before and during my struggle with the sea. It also features raw video footage that I unwittingly recorded of the whole event on my GoPro. The personal, subjective account and the objective, digital material combine to create a fuller picture of a difficult and affecting experience.
I play a bamboo-harmonium* at the beginning, whilst wearing a mask and snorkel, and again to mark the end.
These photos are from a performance event and group exhibition, in Graz, Austria, that I participated in with three other Suramedura Residency artists; Samson Ogiamien (Nigeria/Austria), Stefanie Ogiamien (Austria) and Martin Janicek (Czech Republic).
Thanks to Peter Purgar in Graz for the photos.
*a harmonica fitted inside a section of bamboo (that I made for a performance in Sri Lanka whilst undertaking a Suramedura residency in 2015)