Latitude 53 presents Visualeyez 2017, the seventeenth edition of Canada's annual festival of performance art, from September 26–October 1, exploring the theme of awkwardness

Day 4 – Afternoon Nayeon Yang at the Market

Posted by Irene Loughlin on September 19th, 2014

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Nayeon Yang Photo:  Sandra Der

Nayeon’s work at a street market in Edmonton marked the second instalment of her work using scent.  The scent of blueberry juice, cider vinegar, soya sauce, black bean sauce in a pot used for fermentation had grown stronger, and her surroundings had grown narrower.  Walking on the street assumed the long vertical movement of a processional, adding to the ritualistic context of the work.

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Nayeon Yang  Photo: Sandra Der

People were much  closer to Nayeon in this segment of the work and she was flanked by market stalls on either side as she walked.  Workers and visitors to the market consulted each other to figure out what was going on with Nayeon as she wove down the street, narrowly avoiding people and animals.


Nayeon Yang  Photo: Irene Loughlin

Her clothing although still white and made somewhat more pristine by the peaceful quality of her movement, nonetheless had gathered more stains from the dripping liquid, and the work as a whole began to take on a slightly worn quality.  Somewhat sadder in its feeling, Nayeon sat for a moment on the ground at the end of the work, evoking a feeling of displacement.


Nayeon Yang  Photo: Irene Loughlin