Pierced

Series: 
Nothing for us
Description: 
On a white wall hang two pillows. Below one pillow, on the floor, a pile of feathers is dumped.

1. In front of the stage, I apply glue to my costume while I sing.

2. I go on stage and bury my face in a pillow.

3. I rip open the other pillow with a knife.

I dump the feathers and they fly around, and with them the pain of absence. The imprint remains on the pillow.

4. I plunge into the feathers and they stick to me. I stay there without moving, the silence setting in.

5. I get up slowly and I lean on the other pillow.

6. I breathe heavily.

7. I leave.
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Doohwa Gianton | photographie de la performance "Percé", 2008 | © Doo-Hwa Gianton | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Creator: 
Doohwa Gianton
Performer: 
Doohwa Gianton
Theoretical background: 
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.
The room is perfect for exhibiting, but this space reminded me again of the hospital with the fluorescent lights, the noise of the fan… which caused me to feel a deep sadness, maybe amazement.

The question of existence…

In life, you can feel sadness and fear, but after the despair you find the way that can lead to hope.

A poem by Paul Verlaine inspired me:

From the back of your bed

Have you the star

That the winter reveals?

As your heart beats,

As this idea,

Regret or desire,

Ravages to pleasure,

Your head obsessed,

Poor wandering heart!

(…)


Paul Verlaine, Sagesse (‘Wisdom’) (1881)
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