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A Documentary of Colette Urban, by Katherine Knight


  • (“Pretend Not to See Me”)

    See the film at Kanopy or here online

    Katherine Knight is a Photographer who directed “Pretend Not to See Me”

    Colette U.

    What does it mean to live on the edge of the country, but at the heart of art?

    At her spectacular oceanfront farm in Newfoundland, performance artist Colette Urban becomes a half woman-half bear, dances a tango while strapped into bungee cords, wheels nonsensical record contraptions and turns herself into a parody of consumer goods.

    “I am timid in the real world. Performance and this idea of disguise are a real comfort to me. I’m not me. I’m someone else once I am in that role of the performer.”

    This is a film about following a dream, having courage and believing in oneself. It’s about embracing risk and sustaining courage through acts of the imagination. It’s an astonishing representation of Colette Urban’s enigmatic art performances set against the rugged beauty of rural Newfoundland

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