Helene Vosters M.A., M.F.A. is a performer, activist, and scholar. Currently a PhD candidate in Theatre Studies at York University, Helene’s performance and research focuses on the role of public mourning practices in the construction of narratives of death related to militarism and war. In 2010 Helene began a series of durational performance meditations that seek to engage the public body in a dialog about relationships (and lack there-of) — not only the intimate and interpersonal relationships of romance, family, or friendship — but the collective relationship of multiply-located human beings concurrently inhabiting and manifesting history. Each mediation engages repeated, task-based actions as a means to focus attention and intention into an embodied investigation of the space between “Us” and “Other”, between individual and social grief, between personal ritual and public protest, and between art and politics.
Helene performed Impact Afghanistan War, a year-long public memorial project throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and exhibited Impact in Brisbane (2010) and Utrecht (2011). She has publicly performed Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism at Edmonton’s Visualeyez Performance Art Festival (2011), at the Festival Of Original Theatre in Toronto (2012) and at PSi #18 and the LUDUS Festival in Leeds, UK (2012). In addition to her durational performance meditations Helene has performed at the Toronto Free Gallery (2011); Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival (2011) and F.O.O.T 2011; with La Pocha Nostra (2010); and at San Francisco venues including the Garage (2008), Faultline (2007) and Intersection for the Arts (2006).