Accumulation With Gloves

Creator: 
Bruno Mendonça
Performer: 
Bruno Mendonça
Producer: 
Bruno Mendonça
Occurence: 
Description: 
Bruno Mendonça had himself covered by packs of Gitanes cigarettes. For three years he had been saving the packs from the cigarettes his father smoked. Only one of his hands was visible. He put on twenty or so gloves one after the other, each corresponding to a function (a surgeon's glove, a ski glove, a motorcycle glove etc.). This action was part of his concern with language, with the sign and the symbol, a concern pervading all of his work. It was a direct reference to sign language, to the means of communication granted to handicapped people. This performance preceded the one that he did in Saint Jeannet called Burial. The themes were the same: covering up, immersion, second skin.
Bruno Mendonça | photographie de la performance "Accumulation aux gants", 1976 | © Bruno Mendonça | photographie : © Philippe de Mendonça | courtesy de l'artiste
Bruno Mendonça | photographie de la performance "Accumulation aux gants", 1976 | © Bruno Mendonça | photographie : © Philippe de Mendonça | courtesy de l'artiste