Performance

Pescheria di Rialto, Venezia

VB61 Still death! Darfur still deaf? is a performance held by Vanessa Beecroft at the Pescheria di Rialto during the days of Venice Biennale. Approximately thirty Sudanese women with skin colored by black make up lie atop a white canvas on the ground: they lie, faces down, like dead bodies, piled one on top of the other. Their eyes are shut and their bodies are motionless; there is no talking and no sound. A wide, red paint stroke horizontally crosses the canvas and the women’s bodies, invoking a Viennese Actionism-performance painting (1960-1971).