HEALING WOUNDS

Turin, Italy : 1983

12 hour performance/installation at Marginalia, Turin, noon to midnight.

14 October 1983


 

MacLennan first patterned the floor of the gallery with flour sown from a large, heavy bag. He then retraced his steps, dragging the bag back along the rows of flour, partly erasing them. He was at some points naked, his head blackened; at other points he was dressed all in black. Pigs trotters hung in the centre of the gallery.

‘Caring and neglect, construction and deconstruction were presented as real, others as virtual: the form of the drills corresponded to those in the fields, but the ‘fields’ were the floor of the gallery, and soil was replaced by flour.’

Text from ‘Alastair MacLennan: Is No’, ed. Stephen Snoddy, 1988.