Suppose you just met someone who didn't know your work, what project from the past 10 years would you direct them to as an entry point to you and your work, and why?
I would direct them to look at two very different, but thematically related pieces, which are representative of the scope of my work in recent years: Blind Ness: The Irresistible Light of Encounter (2004) and Cry For Peace: Voices from the Congo (2012). Blind Ness explores the tragic history of colonialism in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Using text, movement, puppetry, and projection, Blind Ness intercuts the narrative of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with the real-life figures of King Leopold II of Belgium, who acquired the Belgian Congo as a personal colony, and the courageous activists, such as Roger Casement, E.D. Morel, and William Sheppard, who orchestrated one of the first global mass-media human rights campaigns to reveal and halt his abuses. Cry For Peace looks at the reality of the Congo today, through the first-person testimonies of Congolese refugees who are seeking peace and reconciliation in their adopted hometown of Syracuse, NY, and are part of a new movement towards global justice.