Helene Vosters is an artist, scholar, and activist. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies (York University), and is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas. Helene’s postdoctoral research—Unbecoming Nationalisms—builds on her doctoral investigation into the role of Canadian military commemoration in the construction of nationalist narratives through a reading of performances that extend the work of truth commission processes and institutionalized human rights discourses across the Americas. Helene has performed her counter-memorial meditations Impact Afghanistan War, Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism, and Haunting the Past’s Present: Falling for the forgotten (and not) dead of history throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
In 2013 and 2014 she facilitated Shot at Dawn, a counter-memorial Remembrance Day performance, and since 2014, she has been hosting public Flag of Tears: Lament for the stains of a nation embroidery circles in Canada. Scholarly contributions based on Impact, Unravel, and Haunting include self-authored articles in Canadian and international peer-reviewed academic journals (Performance Research, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, and FRAKCIJI), and book sections in Performing Objects and Theatrical Things (edited by Marlis Schweitzer and Joanne Zerdy), and Theatre of Affect (edited by Erin Hurley). Additionally, Impact, Unravel, and Shot at Dawn have been featured in texts by scholars in the fields of performance, international relations, and feminist art history. Impact has been taken up by Diana Taylor in Performance, and by international relations and memory studies scholar Jessica Auchter in The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations. Unravel and Shot at Dawn are both featured in War Imagery in Women’s Textiles: An International Study of Weaving, Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Rug Making and Other Fabric Arts, by art historians Deborah A. Deacon and Paula E. Calvin.
Links to specific projects
“Surveilling Surveillance” (2015), “Flag of Tears: Lament for the Stains of a Nation”(2015) “Shot at Dawn” (2015). “Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism” (2015), “Impact Afghanistan War blog” (2011) “Impact Afghanistan War video” (2011).