Impossible Conversations comes from the idea that sometimes you want to have a conversation with someone but you’re so scared the words won’t come out right, or they’ll misinterpret your intent, or they won’t hear you the way you want to be heard. And sometimes when you’re playing this conversation over in your head, you want the other person to say certain things – to reply in a certain way, so that you can forward the conversation in a particular direction. Maybe it’s a conversation about how much they mean to you, or how growing up was so hard; Or maybe it’s a conversation to try to explain why you’re sad all the time, and how you think your insides are so rotten they’re actually black; Or maybe you have something else on the tip of your heart that begs to be whispered, it could be about any number of things, perhaps even about how there is comfort in the uncomfortable.
Perreault’s performances consists of multiple conversations between various real and fictitious characters who discuss common and repetitive themes including love, suffering, coming of age, fear, courage, and happiness.
Carrie Perreault and Alicia Kuntze invited friends and strangers to have their hand held. One of the artists was present at YYZ Artists’ Outlet during gallery hours to offer hand holding to people in the intimate front window space. Sessions ran from November 22 - December 4. Lengths of appointments varied and were based on individual needs - 15 minutes to 3 hours.
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