Creation or Death: We Will Win

1991 / IV Bienal de la Habana, Castillo de la Fuerza, Havana

Belmore moved a pile of dirt up a long staircase, stair by stair, in a state of desperate frenzy. Dirt is lost at every stage and it is not at all certain that any of it will make it to the landing at the top of the stairs. The title of the piece reveals its intention to have the viewer experience the piece as the struggle of Indigenous people to reclaim their territories and culture.

Jolene Rickard, Rebecca Belmore: Performing Power, Fountain, Kamloops Art Gallery and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2005

Video credit: Domingo Cisneros