The performance Untitled, by Tameka Norris (b. 1979, Aguana, Guam) was presented as part of the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The exhibition will remain on view until October 11, 2015.
In Radical Presence the curators are presenting a comprehensive survey of performance art by black visual artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The exhibition explores the history of black performance traditions within visual arts, starting with art in the sixties all the way through today.
The following is a quote from the wall text for Untitled:
“By inserting herself —a black woman— into the dialogue about painting, [the artist] all but forces a critique of the presence of the black body in the history of painting. In Untitled Norris paints a wall using her body as both the tool and medium. Dressed in coveralls. she runs a knife through a lemon before cutting her tongue. Pressing her body against the gallery wall, she uses the trail of blood and saliva to create a minimalist landscape. The residual painting disrupts the notion of a pristine institutional space, implying the presence of a body and its experience of violence and pain.”
For more information about Tameka Norris, you can visit her website by clicking here.
For more information about Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, you can visit the YBCA website here.
Al photos by Cranium Corporation.