Concept and Choreography - Rachel Monosov
Performer - Camilla Brogaard, Rachell Bo Clark, Julia Shelkovskaia
In Dead Earth, A Space of No Escape, Monosov threads together how geopolitical power struggle takes shape by control of land and resources, implementing nationally or racially segregated labor, manipulating locations of ruins, transforming them into forests, and denying recognition of native land rights through legal means. The work consists of a sculptural installation which is periodically activated by performative interventions choreographed by the artist in collaboration with performers Camilla Brogaard, Rachell Bo Clark, and the opera singer Julia Shelkovskaia. This first iteration of a work in progress came into being after a series of workshops among the artist and performers who worked site-specifically bearing in mind the aesthetic and architectural parameters of Centrum.
Referencing the opera format in her new piece, Monosov emphasizes on the performativity of bodies in public space. Obedient subjects armed with rakes that look as if made of glass. Their heavy labour can bear no fruits in this absurd situation. Something is sickly wrong here. There is a scent of decay. Yet they try, sweating and panting, covering all traces, so that no one could ever recognise what used to be there. The forest will cover the guilt, it will purify the loss. The labour will bond, the sweat will water the soil, it will then unquestionably be their land.