2005 / Canadian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy / Video installation

Fountain [is a single-channel video projected onto falling water that] deals with elementals or essences: fire + water = blood. The time is both now, in the industrialized landscape of North America, and in another zone, a time of creation, myth and prophecy. The element of water is represented both as a body of water in the projection and literally as a wall of falling water. Water turns to blood. As befits our times we do not know whether this is a metaphor for creation or an apocalyptic vision.

Jann Bailey and Scott Watson, eds., Rebecca Belmore: Fountain, coproduction of Kamloops Art Gallery and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2005

Video credit: Noam Gonick
Photo credit: José Ramón González (production stills / installation view)