25.5.12

Simone Forti, "Hangers" (1961) Performance - The Historical Box, curated by Mara McCarthy

Alongside six fellow students from Wimbledon College of Art, I took part in a performance of Simone Forti's seminal 1970's "Hangers" performance piece at Hauser & Wirth's Historical Box exhibition opening, curated by Mara McCarthy. For the piece we participated in a day long workshop, to further understand the strength of our own bodies and the physical presence we hold in a space. It was my first public performance piece, having only videotaped art performances before. There was a certain thrill to performing in front of an audience, despite making no eye-contact or acknowledging their watching us. The silent solidarity of my co-hangers made me feel secure as we worked seamlessly to arrive, perform, then leave.