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Visser, Lisa
We Don’t Love Each Other
2011

We Don’t Love Each Other is a series of photographs that documents a performance by Lisa Visser, carried out while she was a resident at the Banff Centre in 2011. Across the three photographs we see the artist drinking shots of vodka (we guess from the bottle at her knees) and sewing her right and left arms together with thread. She sits on a piece of animal fur on the mossy floor of a seemingly remote forest.The work is a stunning record of Visser’s commitment to her practice. It evokes a powerful assertion of the beauty, frailty and cruelty of life. The gesture has force in its futility and turns the title into a declaration of disappointment on a shattering scale. Each other thing, animal, entity should be loved, she seems to say. Visser wrote on her personal website that the performance is a feminist assertion of control; one whereby ambivalence about self-repair and self-harm complicate the meanings of the gesture.

 
Visser, Lisa
Newmarket ON 1983–Toronto ON 2013
We Don’t Love Each Other
2011
C-print photograph on paper
25.0 x 37.0 cm (each of 3)
Gift of friends and family of Lisa Visser, 2016
59-001.01a-c

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