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one-to-one performance: 6 hours
"Secret Archipelago"; Palais de Tokyo; Paris, France. 2015


Particiants were invited – one at a time – to relate a personal trauma that still troubled them. In exchange, I offered a menu of cherished ’solaces’ that I received as a child from my mother (which, incidentally, she always withdrew too soon):

- back scratching with fingernails on bare skin,

- ear cleaning,

- hair brushing,

- storytelling from memory, lying down side by side

I administered the solace of their choice for as long as they wished. Notwithstanding the awkwardness/misfit of one person’s comfort to another person’s malady, participants unreservedly engaged with the piece. One man requested for all the solaces and stayed an hour.

photos by: Vestal McIntyre

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