Flesh Memory

This work is a filmed documentation of a performance in which I have reproduced my experience of having watched a public execution as a child. Carrying a large, heavy animal carcass on my back, I walk away from the camera towards the horizon to a parked crane truck from which I hang the carcass upside down. 

Here, the carcass constitutes a metaphor for both the executed’s body and my own body. As a bearer of cultural and political signs, it functions as an archive of trauma, history and memory. The hung carcass pinpoints the moment violence reduces man to flesh and a piece of meat. In the video, I identify with both the victim’s selfhood and the object of his suffering.


Video documentation of performance, colour/sound, 28 min, continuous loop