Performance: 3 hours at Kaunas Biennial, The M. Žilinskas art gallery of National Museum of M. K. Čiurlionis, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2012
Nineteen females wear red mouthpieces and white bath towels, standing in a row and facing the same direction. They repeat three still gestures: standing, kneeing, sitting, and lying on the floor. The performers hold each gesture for five minutes and then move to another gesture.
The gestures in the performance are inspired by gargoyle, a legendary stone-carved grotesque with a spout that normally is designed to convey water from a roof. Mouth serves as the opening for food intake and in the articulation of sound and speech. However, when performers wear the mouthpieces, or when women’s mouth is forced to open, the mouth loses its function. In fact, it silences and disables the women because they are unable to talk when their mouths are widely pulled open. This performance explores another side of the unseen and unspoken—the vulnerability, struggle, shame, and suffering that we are uneasy to share and expose.
performed by performed by Gabriele Pencylaite, Renate Voveryte, Monika Apcinikovaite, Solveiqc xcsileqsleante, Birute Paplauskaite, Mile Silinsliyte, Allsra Kunnapas, Laisvuiye Sidlauskyte, Neringa Krirsciunaite, Indre Matelionyte, Jostina Kiursinaite, Giedre Milkintaite, Egle Danbulauite, Indre Webonaviciute, Alina Puzaite, Raduile Navikaite, Karolina Ginte Salenaite, and Mingaile Perioraite
photo courtesy of the artist