The 71st Face


“The 71st Face” (translation, vocal performance)
A live, site specific vocal performance in which I sing a cappella using the acoustics of the architecture. I shave my head and beard, and then carrying my hair in a bowl, I walk to different locations of unique sound quality in the museum, singing a repertoire of songs, poetry and liturgy in Yiddish, Hebrew and Aramaic, about eros, death and transformation.

Exhibition history:

2019 – Gallery MMB, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. “as it rises into air: listening in practice”  Juana Awad, Zeenat Nagree curators.

2018 – Sounded Bodies/Queer Zagreb/Meštrović Pavilion. This performance was made possible in part by support from Ontario Arts Council.

2015 – Hamburg (at Kampnagel: Festival of Choreography and Protest: “Hamammness”. Social sculpture, wellness hamam, critique of orientalism within the ‘Choreography and Protest’ module of  Kampnagel – LIVE ART Festival, curated by Nadine Jessen, Nuray Eisen.)

2014 – Hong Kong (at The Wandering Scholar, Videotage/Cattle Depot. Curated by Katrien Jacobs. 2014)

2012 – October. Austria (at Lentos Museum, in the exhibition “Vollmilch – the beard as signifier’, curated by Thomas Edlinger. 2013)

2012 – March.  New York, Dixon Place, Shackled: An Evening with M. Lamar with special guest Tobaron Waxman.

2012 – January.  Toronto, “Red Food: songs of eros, death and transformation”, on the death anniversary of my father and my beloved friend Flo McGarrell, in honour of friends who are the widows of recent trans suicides. I sing to people at their table as though in conversation, while serving them a meal of red food garnished with edible gold flakes. (at “The Artists Soup Kitchen”)