The Weight We Carry

This performance represents the physical weight soldiers carry during their deployments and the invisible weight they continue to carry long after they arrive home. I used sandbags as a symbol for this weight. I would not allow myself to step forward until I moved twelve heavy sandbags along with me until I reached the end of the allotted performance space, where I built a small makeshift trench wall. I then began to lift the sandbags up and slam them down or throw them off stage as an act of letting go. I left the stage carrying three sandbags, showing that you can relieve some weight but that you never fully let go of the weight.

The Weight We Carry, Image Still, Performance, April 2014.

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