Fragment

Series: 
Nothing for us
Description: 
In the center of the space, a bell-shaped form in wire mesh hangs from the ceiling.

On the floor lie fragments of mesh.

Three white walls are studded with nails.

1. I come on stage with a hammer and pliers. I start with the wall on the right, ripping out the nails with one hand, banging on the holes with the hammer in the other. The hammer produces a very aggressive sound.

2. On the wall are the imprints of the hammer and the holes.

3. When there are no more nails, I move under the bell, in the middle of the fragments.

4. I throw the tools on the floor.
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Fragment", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Creator: 
Doohwa Gianton
Performer: 
Doohwa Gianton
Theoretical background: 
Everything is under construction and deconstruction.

Two days, thus the same action twice, with different costumes (1. worker in jeans, 2. the costume from Percé (‘Pierced’).

The only sound heard is the irritating noise of the hammer banging on the wall.

I chose the mesh object and nails to give an effect of softness and fragility like a distant call but also to show the solidness of pain.

I wanted to visually render the sound of the bell.

To materialize the sound, I cut and crumpled the mesh pieces like fragments of glass or shrapnel.

War and peace lie within each.


…In the noises of great towns to hear and hark,

dear God, to nothing but the bells in the tower,

to be one of these voices, and all for

the mean completion of some trivial work…

Paul Verlaine, La Vie humble, 1981.
Percé (‘Pierced’)
Fragment (‘Fragment’)
Où ? Là ! (‘Where? Here!’)

The title of the series is Nothing for us. In one place are three installations corresponding to three performances.

I was going through a period of sadness. My husband had left me for the beyond…at the same time, I had gone back to art school in Monaco. In 2008, we did a group exhibit, and I thought of a series with three poems by Paul Verlaine (1881): Sagesse (‘Wisdom’), La Vie humble (‘The Humble Life’), and Le Ciel est, par-dessus le toit (‘The Sky Above the Roof’).

The performances were given on two days; that is, one day for the video with three different costumes, before a private audience, and one public representation during the opening, with just one costume, during which I mend the torn part. It’s a little like sewing a wound, and remaining in suffering.
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