Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)
This multimedia project investigates urban indigeneity, ceremony, tradition, landscape, spirits, light, and photographic mediums. LaFountain creates ghostly images using long exposures to burn the pathway of her performances and personal ceremonies, along with the movement of celestial and urban bodies, into the photographic frame. The work spans across a range of photographic media including photography, film, video, installation, sound, and performance. All of the images and effects are created in camera without the use of digital manipulation. Most of the work is shot on film. LaFountain uses her work to explore Ojibwe, her tribe’s traditional language. The titles are Ojibwe with English translations. Funding has been provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Echo Park Film Center, and California Institute of the Arts.