Water into Fire

1994
10.0'
CA
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  • Video Out
Synopsis

"Water into Fire is a mix of documentation of his performative piece and other scenes. In this piece, the artist continues his search seen in his earlier works for identity and placement in Canada's Multi-Cultural and First Nations arena. Longboy outs himself as a First Nations FAG, who is living with HIV and abruptly severs attached preconceptions of two-spirited peoples, forcing the First Nation's community to address him rather than the disease. In a contemplative and meditative search, Longboy recollects how HIV/AIDS has affected him and the community around him, revealing a strength through loss." (Vtape)

"Zachery Longboy's poetic performance Water into Fire (1993) challenges the viewer to recognize the passions of an individual caught between the competing landscapes of Aboriginal tradition, the medical establishment and gay male identity." (Grunt Archives).[1]

[1] Grunt Archives. Accessed January, 2018.
"Zachery Longboy, Water into Fire, 1993-94," http://performance.gruntarchives.org/video-on-loving-and-longing.html