(ON MAKING THE HIDDEN AND INVISIBLE SHOWN AND VISIBLE;
AND ON MAKING IT HIDDEN AND INVISIBLE AGAIN)
In this piece I respond to video of a performance I created as a student at the same time that the NEA public decency wars of the early 1990s were being waged. Through video, spoken word, painful body manipulation, and movement, I contemplate how my own truth-telling and gendered, exposed body were shamed, silenced, and censored in ways that paralleled simultaneous events in the national political and arts environment, and how my current body and process of exploration continue to be problematic.
This stage performance was commissioned by the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, to enhance the exhibition COME AS YOU ARE: ART OF THE 1990s, as part of the accompanying program SoundSpace: Music of the 1990s.
This piece is available to be performed in museums, galleries, fairs, and theatres.
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