Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer (Mouvement Perpétuel)
1001 Lights, 2016
multi-channel video projection
(Runs October 16 to 20)
1001 Lights reveals the intimate and life affirming quality of the Sabbath candle-lighting ceremony. Over the course of several months, 100 women of all ages from across Montreal’s varied Jewish community were filmed sharing their spiritual practice. The video installation consists of individually documented ceremonies playing in synch with each other. This rhythm serves to unify the experience and encompass a diversity of expression, extending beyond Jewish religion. The project probes the profound nature of time and faith, and asserts the permeability of memory ─ re-affirming our communal imagination and considering intercultural hybridity.