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Title: Uprooted

Duration: 4 minutes 40 seconds

Year: 2018


I am seen in a room with white walls with three mounds of potting soil in front of me and a sage plant that I had grown from a seed that my mother gave me. As the video progresses, I am seen fervently re-planting and uprooting the plant in the separate mounds of soil. In similar gesture to the other works, this concept discusses colonialism, migration, diaspora, belongingness, safety, identity, spirituality, culture, trauma and rebirth. I often think about how I grew up in Montreal and the difficulty I had moving to Toronto as an adolescent. I have not felt rooted, since. I think about the First Nation my family is from, and the fact I have never been to Atlantic Canada and that most likely, that feeling of home could only be found in my spirit, and not on lands that don’t quite feel right.

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