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Love is a flower in the shape of a white corpse
3,5 hours durational live act, second and final part of a durational performance presented at Venice Interntional Performance Art Week 2020 telling mixed stories of love and abuse, memories and anger. Hidden scars lying in forgotten places of the body are evoked and emerge as wounds and repressed voices. A wedding dress, an old telephone and scissors lie in the room, time seems to be vanished in the infinite repetition of obsessive actions.
Photo © Olek Photography
Scissors are my favourite tool.
I come from a place where rape and abuse against women remain often unspoken, something to hide and to be ashamed of. An unspoken seed carrying with itself the plant of a huge monster.
Keep silent. Nothing happened. Move on.
But time doesn't heal wounds and the abyss refuses to close its mouth. Sometimes the abuse comes from someone we love or trust.
There are too many stories like this. Stories of pain and silence.
Scissors are my favourite tool, I said.
We need sharpness and precision to make space for ourself and cut pieces away that do not belong to us anymore. In this performance scissors are not a tool, they are an extension of my body, they are my voice.
Text and photos from 'Love is a flower in the shape of a white corpse' 3,5 hours durational performance
Jan 25th 2020 at Pandora and Sisters
Untergeschoss der Pandora Art Gallery, Berlin
This performance is the second and final part of a process started at Venice International Performace Art Week where I performed a slithering bride moving through the rooms and stairs of Palazzo Mora for 3 hours. Trying to get up, falling, failing, succeeding, failing again.
In this second performance the wedding dress appears again. Hidden scars lying in forgotten places of the body are evoked and emerge as wounds and repressed voices telling mixed stories of love and abuse, memories and anger. An old telephone and scissors lie in the room, time vanishes in the infinite repetition of obsessive actions.