Annie Wong | Artist
My sister by the river > Performance > Toronto, ON > Toronto Biennale of Art > 2019 > Duration: 45mins > Presented with Sister Co-Resister
Conceived and created by Annie Wong with Nedda Baba, Yara El Safi, Frizz Kid, and co-produced by Marilyn Fernandes and Pamila Matharu (Sister Co-Resistor)
My sister by the river is a séance to mourn and move memories of lost feminist kin into the future. Performed by an ad hoc coven of BIPOC and queer artists, this séance was developed over a six-week collaborative period of solidarity-building among the living and the dead, where the coven spent many hours calling upon feminist spirits, whose absence presently haunts our relationship with Western contemporary culture. This séance involves spiritual, cultural, and personal rituals rooted in feminist practices of remembrance, reclamation, and hospitality across lands and histories. Lending from Buddhist chants circles, Lebanese celebration, memories of lost ancestral lands, and maternal tea ceremonies, the seances is intended for NON-HUMAN witnessing and performs esoteric rituals to deter attempts towards human understanding. .