Globe and Mail

Art that avoids the apocalypse

Andrea Cooper’s upcoming new video and photo installation will be sadly, very timely. Based on a performance wherein Cooper played the main character, ANNA is a short, a-linear experimental horror film featuring – what is the cute social-work phrase? – a “street-involved” woman. Both victim and predator, societal lost cause and defiant outsider. Anna/ANNA promises to defy easy categorization. As do all people; which is, I suspect, Cooper’s point. While official investigations and public commissions try to soothe Canada’s missing/exploited women shame with abstract legalities, Cooper creates a unique narrative, one woman’s story, within the sea of statistics and suppositions. This work ought to be put on permanent loop in every police station in the country.

Anna, Globe and Mail