'Trauma Response' (2021) is an evocative expression formed through a dialogue between the subconscious, body memory, time and place. Distinctively in Iceland, the exterior space communicates with the interior, visually depicting the artist’s struggles with PTSD brought on from an abusive partner and a failed justice system. The narrative is transformed when Nara engages the audience with the courage for a survivor to walk through such an experience.
Full runtime 11:52 minutes.
Nara Walker as director, choreographer/performer, lighting and video editor
Ea Akilat as composer
Maria-Magdalena Ianchis as interior cinematography
'Pleasure Garden' (2021) focuses on eco-feminism, capturing Nara's interaction with the divine feminine. The video work was created in the green heart of Italy, Umbria. Nara is situated in the frame; her senses dilate as she eats the fruits from a fig tree. The lush leaves, heat of the sun, and grasses tantalise her skin. There are sounds of birds in the day and bugs at night. Water flows and fire surges, pooling in a deep silence at the end. In the silence, the audience is invited to watch their internal dialogue, conjuring an interaction between the inner, physical, suggestive, and natural elements. The work displays the pleasures of the second body, earth, and what it is to be free in one's body.