JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND

Vigil- The Land Remembers 

︎2018
︎Silo City, Buffalo NY

Performance/ Intervention held at Silo City, Buffalo NY. USA

As part of an ongoing performance series, I poured 155 pounds of cement (which is the average weight of an adult woman in Canada)  into a hole in the landscape which had collected water. I was interested in using the natural landscape, the existed on in this area called Silo City in Buffalo NY. Using this puddle now reformed into a new form wanted it to resemble an unmarked grave site. I used this site to host interventions of giving remembrance, gratitude and raise awareness to the public about the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in North America. I’ve invited the public to join in in my smudging, giving thanks and open discussions about these important subjects. Instead of having it function as a lecture space, I want to foster the space as a respectful memorial and open, frank and genuine discussion platform.  Most importantly for it to be a space to give respect and homage to these women.


The Live Performance was held respectively on Seneca and Haudenosaunee land at the Silo City, in Buffalo NY. USA. in hope to strike a conversation and awareness about Missing and Murdered indigenous women across North America.