Friday, July 31, 2009

Swallowing the Water


This performance is here. I would guess it took place sometime in the early 1940's. I remind myself that it took place sometime in the past and is not, as it seems to be, happening again each time I watch. I am lost in those gnashing teeth and her mournful violence. Too fleshed to be past tense.

"Strange Fruit" was inspired by this photograph, taken on August 7th of 1930, the night Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were hanged from the trees of Marion, Indiana.