Annunciation, 2019

performance, 22 minutes

Humboldt University Greenhouses, Berlin, Germany

photos: Julia Piagina

Annunciation is a 22-minute performance based on the 17th century painting by Nicolas Poussin. In the moment depicted the Blessed Virgin Mary is visited by the Archangel Gabriel who announces that she will conceive and become the mother of Jesus. A white dove soars above her—a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

 

In my performance a drone continuously hovers over my head creating tension between organic and mechanical forms, the body and the machine. This creates a dialogue about the resistance of an individual in the age of mass surveillance, tracking, and data harvesting for corporate and political gains.