Bradly Dever Treadaway

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Bradly Dever Treadaway

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Premiered at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival.

Vouchsafe is a short-form experimental video based on a punishment enforced by the artist’s grandfather, that of kneeling on the family’s heating grate. The performative and Catholic gesture is accompanied by a broken, adapted reading of “A prayer before confession”, found in the pocket prayer book once belonging to the artist’s grandmother. The piece addresses self-image and self-worth, penance, forgiveness and doubts about the preparedness to pass along cultural legacies, as well as the unanswered calls and un-received responses to ancestors for guidance.