JANE_ Eotechnic Sensorium, Century House Historical Society
The mine situated at Snyder estate takes after a woman’s name J A N E. Jane became a widow at uncertain age and this part on of her new identity gets to be transferred in time and space to become the Widow Jane’s Mine. The JANE is an installation and performance by NTILIT, in collaboration with visually impaired dancer Christine Krishna Washburn. The installation consists of 5 handmade chairs and a wearable made by ntilit. Both the installation and the performance feed on the unknown about Jane’s legacy and invites the audience to project in retrospect how the societal stigma against a woman who lost her spouse might have impeded on her in addition to her grief of loss.
Even today underlying discrimination against “widow women” is still lingering, but very little spoken about. For the majority of “widow women” life remains what can be described as not expected to be happy without their spouse by their side, or to be a part of any auspicious occasion or event. Furthermore, the “widow” is "uglified", to deprive her of the core of her femininity, and in parts of the world, still today, is considered an economic and social burden and therefore has limited rights.
The installation JANE, is a tribute to her as a woman and an embrace of her past, a displacement and separation, which is still carried on through Widow Jane’s Mine. She is not alone, each one of us, is a widow in its symbolic sense, having lost parts of our extended souls. JANE is part of us all, as much as any other human being. With our encouragement any JANE can continue to dress up, as she always did, wear her favorite jewelry and most importantly seek her own identity not the one worn to her. Let the JANE’s mine, be a reminder towards that direction.