Performing Abject Silence in Butoh (2020).
Photography that bears witness to the atrocious and the catastrophic stands as a historic document and a photographic enterprise that records, defines, and normalizes consumption of violence and jarring war horrors. For Antony Penrose, this practice of documenting the distant suffering requires the presence of "surrealist eye." For George Bataille, photographic knowledge of the atrocious is both intolerable and pleasurable in the most excruciating depictions of pain. In this performance I stage Butoh as a visual text that problematizes passive spectatorship and consumption of human rights abuses.