her rain is a major commissioned site-specific installation and presentation by Canadian artist Lani Maestro. In No Pain Like This Body, Maestro transforms the entire gallery space of Centre A into a large sculpture using the most minimal elements: a simple neon set of signs and their reflections on the floor, where the artist invites visitors to physically experience a "mindful presence. No Pain is accompanied by brenda console, an animated text video using a rear projection that acts simultaneously as sculpture and architecture. The piece raises questions of subjectivity, agency and worldview, especially in the context of what she describes as the favela of downtown Vancouver.
When Maestro first saw Centre A in 2008, she wrote, No Pain Like This Body, these are the words that first came to my head when i walked down hastings street in vancouver to look at your space two years ago. how can one ignore the particularity of that place? as much as i just want to think about making work without thinking of the people who inhabited that neighborhood, these words seem to sum up the energy that i absorbed there".
Lani Maestro is a Canadian artist born in the Philippines who divides her time between France and Canada. Maestro has represented Canada at numerous international exhibitions including 9th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009) and Mixed Bathing World, The Beppu Project, Beppu, Japan, (2009). Earlier works were installed in China, Australia, Canada, Cuba and France. her rain will be presented again in Maestros solo exhibition at ICA Plug In, fall 2011. The exhibition publication will include an introduction by the curator, Makiko Hara, and an essay by the Montréal-based poet Erin Mouré.