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Sharon Irish

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816660957

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816660957.001.0001

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Turning Point

Turning Point

(p.129) 6 Turning Point
Suzanne Lacy

Sharon Irish

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes Lacy's growing interest in the lives of teenagers during the 1990s—an interest that would shape her next large-scale, three-part project—Turning Point. As Lacy had often used her artwork to create social awareness if not policy change, she turned to the struggles of the youth—particularly of young women—by using multisensory experiences inherent in her many, often theatrical, art productions. The third phase of Turning PointUnder Construction, was set in a partially constructed site in Vancouver, British Columbia. The architectural and real estate challenges surrounding the site offered ample opportunity for Lacy to discourse with her teenaged audience/participants—particularly the Chinese Canadian diaspora—whose situation can be mirrored in part with the difficulties in securing the site for the performance. Under Construction offered these girls a way to claim their spaces, however temporarily, and converse on their roles in a changing society.

Keywords:   1990s, lives of teenagers, Turning Point, Under Construction, Vancouver, British Columbia, multisensory experiences, changing society

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