Featured Long Durational Work
CARRION (2008), ELOISE FORNIELES
Duration: 72 hours
In this 72-hour performance, Fornieles explored themes of violence and consumption. In a space strewn with discarded clothes stood a skeleton building over which the artist presided, guarding an animal carcass. For three days, she consumed no food while lancing the hanging meat with messages of apology and thanks collected from the audience. By committing herself to not eating for the duration of the performance, Fornieles challenged Western body idealism.
Compounding the difficulty of the performance was the active and voyeuristic presence of two cameramen, who acted as both witnesses and documentary-makers. Circling the space in quasi-military costumes, the cameramen resembled vultures, alluding to the symbiotic yet problematic relationship between photographers and their subjects. This aspect of "Carrion" highlighted the ways in which individuals are sacrificed to the power of the image, feeding society’s voracious appetite for visual consumption.
A Conversation With Eloise Fornieles