A performance that took place at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro July 30, 2015
Does the stranger cannibalize Brazil or Brazil her? Either way otherness is incorporated into new postures. Brazilian heterogeneity, wildness, color, fecundity play against the supposed purity of white pedestal also ultimately derived from greek sacrifice.
During the course of an evening, three different actions occurred. The first pose using stilts and very high pedestal is ambiguously crippled or virtuoso, playing out blind fate and dual systems. Chance and reason (dice and buzios) no longer opposites, are mixed and spilled. Visitors played and took away pieces.
The second pose on a waist high cube pedestal is a self-drawing, a tattoo with Christian and pagan sources. St. Sebastian, patron saint of Rio de Janeiro provides the wound/arrow motif and Oswald de Andrade's Cannibalist Manifesto is the source for the quotes theorizing Brazilian indigenous mentality. Philosophical writing returns to tribal tattoo origins. The model object becomes the subject.
The third pose is a headstand with a black balloon tied to the foot framed by the french doors of the balcony against the night sky. It is as if the Saddhu pratice of dying to oneself is mixed with carnival celebration in which values are inverted. The black balloon was finally released into the night sky, quickly disappearing in blackness despite a full moon.