Speaking to Their Mother
1992, Video, 20:00 (Colour, Stereo)
Rebecca Belmore created her PROTEST piece (a giant megaphone), not just for herself but for the people. During her trek across Canada in the summer of 1992, she made the Wiggins Bay Blockade one of her stops. For three days, the megaphone sat on top of the hill overlooking the clearcut area across from the PROTECTORS OF MOTHER EARTH camp the leaders had set up. Speaking to Their Mother is a document/ conversation with Rebecca about her way of working and how art is seen by the people. She ends up creating a dead-tree forest memorial before her stay is over. Speaking to Their Mother (Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan) is directed by Marjorie Beaucage. It was originally created by Belmore at the Banff Centre in 1991 in response to what is now referred to in Canadian history as the 'Oka Crisis’ (1990). The film was recently presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, as part of the 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival.