to practice the study of breathing (it seemed to me more than just to speak)

Erika DeFreitas

2016, 11:00 minutes, colour, No language

TAPECODE 2056.00

In the video, to practice the study of breathing (it seemed to me more than just to speak), the artist engages in four different breathing exercises. In between each exercise she is seen holding her breath for as long as she is able to. The artist is interested in breathing as an act of labour - for some it comes easily and for others it is a challenging task. For some of us, we need to practice to breathe and to remind ourselves to breathe, especially in those moments of anxiety and urgency when the only way to manage is by holding our breath.

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