Camille visions a world in which care, empathy and trauma informed embodiment practices are woven into daily life, as well as efforts towards systems change. It is necessary to cultivate an embodied, rather than simply rational, understanding of the entangled issues we face so we can reduce harm, grieve, grow solidarity and re-pattern issues such as the ecological crisis and systemic racism.
Having studied BA International Relations, Camille is well informed about global power relations and systems of oppression. Their background in somatic social justice, dance and therapeutic modalities, such as the resilience toolkit, peer counselling and restorative justice, has taught them the importance of acknowledging the way our bodies reproduce power hierarchies in daily life.
Non verbal communication is the main way we transmit information as humans, so it is our body language that conveys dominance or submission, depending on the social position of the people we are interacting with. These often unconscious processes are intricately tied to the systems of power and inequality embedded in our societies. We could spend a lifetime intellectually learning about racism, for example, but if we do not work with the body to re-pattern it’s influence on our non verbal communication, we may still demonstrate dominance, or submission, in ways that are shaped by legacies of colonisation. Therefore, embodiment work is essential in order to create holistic and sustainable change on a range of issues.
Bodies for Change (2019)
CHANI BOCKWINKEL / PHOTOGRAPHER
Camille was commissioned by Performing Borders Live to deliver Embodied Social Change sessions at The Attenborough Centre(Brighton) and Deptford Lounge (London). This work has also been shared at various venues and festivals in the UK including Black Sheroes and Walthamstow Art Night (2019).
Stills taken from Bodies for Change- An award winning documentary about trauma and the body, in which Camille is featured. The film is directed by Julia Dotoros Garcia, Victoria Alessandrini and Tomoko Ushiro. It premiered
at the Vox Feminae Festival in Croatia during May 2020.