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Shape of Belonging

Ritual performed at Introductions, at Root Division, San Francisco, on September 10, 2022.

Two people sit at a small table that is covered in various materials and textures such as faux fur. They are both masked and talking to each other. Sun, a mixed race Korean and white person wears a white jeoggori like top and red basketball shorts and has short black hair. Kate, a white person, wears a tshirt and shorts and has blond hair. Behind them is a curtain with a pastel gradient

I created a series of intimate rituals for people who have left or been cast out of a religious community, or had a major shift in that relationship. Grounded in my own somatic practice, I asked reflective questions about what it feels like (in color, in a body) to detach and then find a new sense of belonging. Participants responded to these prompts with embodied, abstract descriptions on their experiences, which I assembled into a collective poem.

I formed a small cup for each person, guided by the specific reflections they shared. Each participant used this cup to drink a small sip of a special drink of their choice. We drank in honor of their leaving, and toasted to their new felt sense of belonging.

Two people sit at a small table that is covered in various materials and textures such as faux fur. They are both masked and talking to each other. Sun, a mixed race Korean and white person wears a white jeoggori like top and red basketball shorts and has short black hair. Kate, a white person, wears a tshirt and shorts and has blond hair who is smiling and happy. Behind them is a curtain with a pastel gradient
Detail image of cups. The closest one has wavy edges. Surrounded by salt.
Detail of cups. The cup in focus is red, a low/slighly squished shape. It sits on light blue sand.

WITH THANKS TO

Kristiana Chan
Jess Garzaro
Claudia Huenchuleo
Danny Khor
Danna Kim
Kate Laster
Ahn Lee
Diane Perez
Harry Porras
Tony Rasonsky
Steven Rozzi
& anonymous others

Full view of the table, stools, and curtains, with white space around it.
Close up of the table, but from a low angel so that the brochures with poems titled "Shape of Belonging" are visible.


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