3 clamp lights (with blue led bulbs)
Approximately 50 Lemons
(No audio or video tech needed)
Event attendees will be invited to explore their cognitive and sensorial relationships to social systems. What does patriarchy smell like? Taste like? Sound like? Together we will create a contemporary archive of communal perceptions and memories.
3 lights form a triangle to a center point. I stand within the center most point with a pile of lemons. Some contained within a bag, others arranged on the floor in front of my feet. I begin peeling the lemons one by one. As guests interact, they are posed a series of questions. Their answers are transcribed on pieces of paper that are eventually woven into a lemon peel binding. Responses will be displayed for others to view during the duration of the performance.
The Trump presidency has emboldened and empowered extreme displays of harassment and racism. Even within the seemingly liberal and safe bounds of New York City, I witnessed (and experienced) harassment daily. Mutual respect and empathy seems to have been reassigned as a form of weakness.
In October 2017, I was assaulted on the busy streets of Brooklyn. I was surrounded by a group of men that stood by as I was unwillingly carried down the sidewalk. Thankfully, a woman pulled me away from the perpetrator and I escaped. Following this incident, a natural feeling of fear carried with me for quite some time. My instincts are not to hide, but to engage with community, to heal with community.
What does assault smell like?
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson, AZ