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the burden of this

Trauma is an individual experience yet manifests similarly in our bodies often challenging the simplest of tasks.  Contending with our trauma is performed in the artwork, the burden of this, by walking while dragging the artist's own body weight in manure.  This performance is conducted in public areas as an example of how we always grapple with our trauma, no matter the place or circumstance.  Throughout the performance, the artist fights the abject body as she tries to maneuver the public sphere.  This work was originally performed at the Pittsburgh International Performance Art Festival in 2017.

an act of dragging the artist's weight in manure while walking; duration: 26 minutes; performed at the Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival; 2017


JULY 21, 2018: Public Intervention of the burden of this as part of Tempting Failure Performance Art and Noise Festival, Croydon Town Centre and Surrey Market, London, UK; duration: 1 hour

photos by Julia Bauer

MAY 19, 2018: Public Intervention of the burden of this as part of Itinerant Performance Art Festival, curated by Hector Canonge
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY; duration: 30 minutes

photos by Merissa Seminara


MAY 19, 2018: Performance of the burden of this as part of Itinerant Performance Art Festival, curated by Hector Canonge
Queens Museum; duration: 25 minutes

photos by Renee Regan


APRIL 11, 2018: Performance of the burden of this at Wilkes University; Duration: 1 hour

photos by Jessica Morandi