film still | TRT of film: 00:04:48 | 2017
MEMORIUM/DISTRESS SIGNAL is a tribute to Joan of Arc, who in 1431 was burned at the stake by the inquisition of the Catholic Church because they refused to stop wearing men's clothing. The burning of the sculpture was filmed on Transgender Day or Remembrance (11.20.16) as memorial to Joan and all transgender heroes whose identities have been erased throughout history. The burning doubles as a memorium/distress signal to call upon trans elders as we enter a political era of increased uncertainty and precarity of all marginalized bodies.
The sculpture created in this film is accompanied by twenty-seven glass vessels filled with ocean water from the burn site to symbolize mourning the twenty-seven (recorded) trans lives lost to violence in 2016. The overwhelming majority of lives lost were those of trans women and trans feminine people of color, speaking to the inextricable connection between race and gender. MEMORIUM/DISTRESS SIGNAL is a call to action, accountability, and solidarity to fight against transphobic, racist, and/or classist systems of power.
A WOMAN CALLING HERSELF JEANNE THE PUCELLE (THE MAID), LEAVING OFF THE DRESS AND CLOTHING OF THE FEMININE SEX, A THING CONTRARY TO DIVINE LAW AND ABOMINABLE BEFORE GOD, AND FORBIDDEN BY ALL LAWS, WORE CLOTHING AND ARMOR SUCH AS IS WORN BY MEN | 2017 | redwood, metal chain, nylon, glass, water from the Pacific Ocean
This monolithic sculpture is accompanied by twenty-seven glass vessels filled with water from the Pacific Ocean to represent the twenty-seven (recorded) trans lives lost to violence in 2016, who were overwhelmingly trans women and trans feminine people of color.
00:04:48 | USA English | 2017