Silence_WMG_2019

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Performance performed at Woerdz Spoken Word Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland on October 19 & 20, 2018
Montgomery Community College, Germantown Campus, Maryland, USA, April 10, 2019
Doug Fogelson’s Studio, 1821 West Hubbard St. Lofts, June 8, 2019
Paradox Fine Art Symposium, Riga Art Academy, Latvia, September 14, 2019
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA, November 23, 2019

If my body were you, what would you do? started out being titled Utopic Dialectics and I am know using a line I wrote in a poem for Sylvia Hikins while doing the Spare Rib Revisited project in Liverpool, U.K. This performance was inspired by the election of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the impact of Trump’s election, and the ongoing misogynistic rhetoric towards women and our bodies in the USA at this moment in time. The performance makes visible the physical feelings that entered our bodies at the moment of each man’s election and their complete disregard and respect for our bodies.

In 2010, in evolution of a poetry practice, I decided to interview the public working with a feminist consciousness that the personal is political. The poems become a starting point for performance. In this performance art piece, I pull the poem entitled A Taste of Honey out of my mouth that I wrote for Jose Hernandez who now goes by Rose Hernandez. The visceral textuality of the poem is performed in a facial choreography as I pull the entire text out of my mouth. I then stitch the text *My Body* onto my breast and invite the audience to select text from the poem mapping a woman’s erogenous zones. A book is placed at the end of the table entitled Utopic Dialectics (upside down), that spells out Silence, each page holding each letter. I tear each page and invite the audience to participate in spelling the word SILENCE. As we move to form the word I encourage the audience to move their bodies. When the word is spelled, I throw my mouth contraption onto the floor. I then perform the Poem for Sylvia Hikins called A Long Road that talks about the long road to liberty and how it takes action.

There is a double meaning in the decision to use the word Silence. The first was to make visible the loud silence that was compounding our collective bodies the day our current president was elected and the second is to create a moment to reflect on how we need silence when living under a political machine that employs the spectacle as a tactic. The performance is poetic and speaks to the beauty of what it means to be a womxn.