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Facing the Sky curated by Louise DérySilent Dedication, 2013

Stills from Silent Dedication. Film and text by Shary Boyle, starring Beth Hutchison, 2013. Film still photography by John Jones, 2013 c John Jones, 2013
Photo: John Jones

Shary Boyle - Toronto, Canada
Translated and performed by Beth Hutchison - ASL - Toronto, Canada
Filmed and processed by John Price - Toronto, Canada

Multi-disciplinary artist Shary Boyle's Silent Dedication will be shown in its original 16 mm format for the first time in Canada. This silent black and white film, produced for the Venice Biennale in 2013, will be presented at Harbourfront Centre Theatre. It features a deaf woman as deity, translating into her native sign language a dedication written by the artist. The film, which is without subtitles, considers the silence that all people hold within themselves; but also more generally questions the silencing of marginalised people.

The installation establishes a face to face dialogue: between the screen with its silent image showing the elegant and expressive language of the woman, and the 16 mm projector occupying the stage with its mechanical noise and its projected light beam. Both the woman, played by Torontonian Beth Hutchison (Program Coordinator at the Canadian Hearing Society) and the projector are making the dedication possible, visible and readable for the spectator placed in between. As a guide or a spokesperson, the woman expresses the will of the artist: for all people to engage their intuition and emotional intelligence to decipher and find compassion in the world. 

Shary Boyle (1972, Scarborough, Ontario) lives and works in Toronto. She has had solo exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including Flesh and Blood shown at Galerie de l’UQAM (Montreal), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2011). Boyle participated in Le sort probable de l’homme qui avait avalé le fantôme, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); and la Maison Rouge, Paris (2016). She represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

16 mm black and white looped film, 2:45 min.


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Harbourfront Centre Theatre

235 Queens Quay West

Suitable for all ages

In association with Harbourfront Centre

This project is indoors.