You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
USA, 2019, DIGITAL, 33 MIN


You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born is a visually stunning work that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humour, love, and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early ‘70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humour. Her life is told through voice over, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to 69, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects, and landscapes.

  • Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world. Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York.  In 2010, they were shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, Vtape in Toronto, and Video Out in Vancouver. In 2012, a book about their work, titled The Beauty is Relentless, was published by Coach House Books.

  • Bojana Stancic is a performance curator, designer and sometimes maker. Her work has taken her from DIY spaces to artist run centers and museums, as well as to international venues in Switzerland, UK and Belgium. Her interest in liveness spans across media having started work at the Art Gallery of Ontario working on the multi-disciplinary First Thursday series, eventually launching a performance specific program AGO Live.