Film Screening: One Big Bag
One Big Bag (2021) is a 40 minute single channel video that uses a “mobile corpse kit”—a bag filled with everyday objects that death doulas have to care for the newly dead—as both the visual structure and narrative driver of the video. With a matter of fact demeanor and intense physicality the performer guides the viewer into the largely uncharted waters of corpse care — practical, political and spiritual. The form of the video creates a tension between the subject matter of dying and the forceful liveness of the performance itself.
Every Ocean Hughes, a.k.a. Emily Roysdon (born 1977), is a transdisciplinary artist and writer. Every’s recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, and curating. EOH was editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include music with The Knife, Colin Self, and JD Samson & MEN; costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vanessa Anspaugh, Faye Driscoll, and the band Le Tigre.
EOH has had solo exhibitions with Studio Voltaire, London (2022); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2022); Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); Secession, Vienna (2015); PARTICIPANT INC, New York (2015); Art in General, New York (2011); and the Berkeley Art Museum (2010). EOH has received commissions for new work from Tate Modern, London (2012, 2017), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2013–14); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2013–14); and the Kitchen, New York (2010).
Group exhibitions include Hammer Museum and Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2021); Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Moderna Museet, Malmö, (2014); Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the Whitney Biennial 2010; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010), amongst many others. 2019–2020 EOH was a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 2021-2023 Every is the Sachs Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.