Performed at The 8th Floor Gallery as part of “Performance as Repair” by Colectivo Se Habla Espanol.
The public was invited to reflect upon the question: “If you had the opportunity to purge/eliminate something from this land or your life, what would it be?” and to write in a piece of water-soluble paper their answers. The papers were given to the artist which she proceeded to read aloud and then deposit the papers on a clear water bowl in front of her.
At the end of the performance each participant’s hands were cleansed by the artist and a memorabilia was given to them.
Memorabilia for Purga '18
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Presented at the International Festival of Performance KilómeterCERØ'17
More than 110 people in Santo Domingo were asked:
"What would you like to purge / eliminate / release from your life or the island?"
The public was invited to bring something written on a piece of paper that answered this question. The action included a reading aloud each message and later burning with oil the papers, to remove the curse, and the performance concluded with sea water and water fromsunflowers, while the artist repeated the mantra:
"Que lo simbólico no se quede en el limbo, que lo simbólico sea catarsis, que lo simbólico incite a la acción- que no estamos solos, coño." (That the symbolic does not remain in limbo, that the symbolic is catharsis, that the symbolic incites action - that we are not alone, coño.)