Studio Visit: Rachel Frank February 17th, 2010 Brooklyn
During her studio visit Rachel Frank presented scenes and preparatory materials from Sleep of Reason her upcoming performance piece which refers to the Abu Ghraib photographs through allegory à la Goya. This project takes on images that have become part of the contemporary lexicon of symbols for abuse and torture and brings them out of the one-to-one arena of the internet, television, and newspaper into a literal theater with actors and patrons.
Studio visit participants discussed the gestural physicality of the set and costumes and how these details affect the narrative of the performance. The group also considered the place of allegory in an era and society where dissent is permitted and how allegory relates to the work of other artists who have referred to Goya and mined the Abu Ghraib photos.
UPDATE: Images from the first performance: