Zoo on Zoo (performance and wall mural)

Zoo on Zoo_2011, projection on dark wall drawn over with white pastel pencil

2011, performance snapshot of zoo drawing mural on gallery wall during vernissage

Zoo on Zoo_2011, performance snapshot of zoo drawing mural on gallery wall during vernissage

Zoo on Zoo, in Bright Flashes
Performance written and choreographed by Zoo Somaini Cardelús

In order to continue to process and recognize Zoo’s adolescence and growing independence that we had begun recording in the Japan project, Zoo has designed his own performance within my exhibition, Bright Flashes. He will take photographs of his body and join them digitally into a single surface that will be one continuous skin surface dotted with beauty marks. When projected in negative onto a wall, his beauty marks will become bright spots, like stars, in a dark, skin-space. He will draw freely onto the wall (interacting with the projection) of the main exhibition space during the three hours of the opening, directly across from my own portrait of Zoo, age 15. Using his own body to create a personal cosmology defines a fiercely personal and separate space within my world. This relates to my overarching project to use my work as a way of combining life and art as a way of fleshing out and resolving the tensions within the home and our relationships, in this case marking, as in tribal rituals of manhood (the first hunt or other), the public recognition of is maturity and independence.

Maggie Cardelús, 2010