Washing Rice

Washing Rice

This performance installation is co-presented by S.A.I.L. (Student Art Innovation Lab) at the University of Waterloo and CAFKA.

Washing Rice (2019) by Racquel Rowe is a video performance in which the artist enacts the traditional Caribbean gesture of washing rice. This durational piece focuses on the artist washing an entire bag of rice the way her matriarchs did in order to remove the impurities and prepare it for consumption. This washing gesture is set alongside a second performance where falling rice accumulates on Rowe's head. In the full-length version, the head is completely covered by rice.

Please note there is partial nudity in the video.

Racquel Rowe
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Washing Rice by Racquel Rowe

Student Art Innovation Lab (S.A.I.L.)

The Student Art Innovation Lab is a new community outreach program run by the University of Waterloo's fine and performing arts students. Programming centres around our newly restored and renovated vintage Airstream trailer that will operate as a mobile workshop and exhibition space.

Our team will be travelling throughout the Waterloo Region from June through August to deliver free pop-up art labs and to exhibit some of the many talented artists at UWaterloo.

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