PLAYBACK

Four cassettes are scattered on a green mat.

Christopher is lying on the floor on a green carpet, half-naked and with a cassette player on his back. There are several cassettes and white extension cords around him.

Christopher is lying on the floor on a green carpet, half-naked and with a cassette player on his back. There are several cassettes and white extension cords around him.

Christopher is lying on the floor on a green carpet, half-naked and with a cassette player next to him. There are several cassettes and white extension cords around him.

To evoke tangible memory I surround myself with objects that define my identity. After my father’s death, I inherited several of his personal belongings. These objects reactivate childhood struggles against paternal authority, absence and violence.

Playback is a performance that works as a process of recovery from trauma. 

Photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk. Courtesy of Performance is Alive.