Nadia Markiewicz

Mysterioso, 2021

The perception of extraordinary bodies has historically changed - equated with divine punishment, mystery, or displayed for entertainment. In an attempt to reclaim showmanship, I turn to magic shows. I perform one of the oldest and most popular illusionist tricks, sawing-a-woman-in-half, on myself. This puzzling dismemberment of the body becomes the common ground for the themes of disability, entertainment and time. In the absence of a magician and the invisibility of a large part of my body I touch upon the illusionist skill of passing and my subjectivity as nobody's assistant.

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