Monday, July 7, 2008

Marked. 1983 (Cock Line)





Performance
Duration 10 minutes
2008

I performed Marked. 1983 two days after reenacting Mary Coble's performance Marker. In Marked. 1983 I tag upon my naked body the same word over and over again for ten minutes. The word is a demeaning epithet that was graffitied to a concrete wall on my way to school as a child, and it translates Cock Line. I had to pass it every day for four years, in silent shame. I never got the idea to paint it over. On stage while documentation from Marker (Mary Coble Reenacted was screened behind me I wrote the word on my upper body for ten minutes, until my skin burst, in what functioned as a ritual of resistance and healing.



Marked. 1983 (Cock Line)
C-Prints
30 x 40 cm
2008