Two women in denim dresses stand at the I-90/I-94 onramp of Milwaukee and Augusta Ave in Chicago, IL. Using large feather pillows, each performer beats herself about the head and face. The performance is a physical act of frustration–an ambiguous response to the implicit guilt of inaction and the weight of overwhelming knowledge. The lack of clarity serves two purposes: to show the expansiveness of war and to allow all audience to access the image first and the meaning second.

This was a durational performance that lasted one and a half hours.  It was a part of the 2013 Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival in Chicago, IL.

 

 

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Sandrine Schaefer

Photo by Adam Paul

Photo by Adam Paul

Photo by Adam Paul

Photo by Adam Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top photo by Sandrine Schaefer