Performance with AGROFEMME @ Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn | inspired by the third century martyrdom of St. Quentin
Incorruptible Flesh investigates the performative body as a site for ritual, sacrifice, and transformation. Departing from mythic and syncretic ideas of the sacred and the profane, participating artists/audiences embody the role of sacrificial medium––a fraught tether articulating the violent spaces between the spirit and the flesh.
...Decades later, a blind woman named Eusebia, born of a senatorial family, came from Rome (following a divine order) and miraculously discovered the body...The intact remains of Quentin came into view, arising from the water and emanating an odor of sanctity.
"The body is like a sentence that invites us to rearrange it, so that its real meaning becomes clear through a series of endless anagrams." - Hans Bellmer
"Sexual reproduction and death are the basic facts of life. Mutually determinant and interwoven, both are acted out in the sacrificial ritual, in the tension between renunciation and fulfillment, destruction and reparation." - Homo Necans, Walter Burkert
"The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me." - R.W. Emerson
"There is in humans that which rebels against degradation and indignity. There is in humans that which cannot be contained by a paralyzed body. There is in humans something resilient, incorruptible. ‘Organs’ we call what we wish to colonize inside us; the soup inside, bags of meat and whooshing juices. Calcium cages and guards this bog of soggy treasure: pelvis, ribs and skull. We are shells, reliquaries." - Màirèad Delaney
photos by Panoply Performance Lab