Accept Your Penance, 2018

performance, 2 hours

Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany

photos: Erik Haines, Rote Liebe, Daniel Siebert

When I entered first grade in post-Soviet Russia, my teacher instructed my mother to tie my left hand to my body with a leather belt. This way I could do homework only with my right hand. One couldn’t be a lefty in Soviet Union, everyone had to be the same.

My mother could not handle my tears. To this day I remain left-handed. In Accept Your Penance, a two-hour performance piece, I recreate this childhood experience while repeatedly writing the words "To dust we shall return."