After Standing on solid ground in her sobriety. . .
she's defying gravity and America's addiction epidemic.

The After Standing Project

This is a multimedia storytelling project about a 42-year-old woman named Angi who lost 10 years of her life to active drug addiction. Now four years sober, Angi is reinventing herself through her passion for aerial silk arts, an acrobatic performance where the practitioner climbs, wraps, spins and drops from fabric suspended 20 or more feet above ground.

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WOMAN'S RECOVERY JOURNEY
254
YEARS IN ACTIVE ADDICTION
324
YEARS SOBER

The Film

After Standing is the short documentary portion of the project, demonstrating how Angi’s healthy adrenaline rush provided by the aerial silks is crucial in her recovery process.

The Photos

Replaced Rituals is a series of scanograms and studio-lit portraits of Angi, who replaced the unhealthy ritual of getting high with tattooing, collecting earth stones, learning to tie knots and practicing aerial silk arts.

The Caterpillar and the Butterfly is a visual and text-based book that outlines Angi’s transformation from active addiction to recovery through her own handwritten words.

Contact the storyteller: BAILEY EDELSTEIN