The notion of a raw, non-cultural body is an impossibility. An assemblage of performative actions, Nil pursues a sense of undoing in order to achieve a state of nothingness, but paradoxically generates a multitude of content and presence in its undoing and self-erasure. The performance queers and reconstitutes, and at times ridicules, notions of a white cultural body in South Africa; where conceptions of identity, so encumbered by representation, are eroded. Treading silliness and perversion, while undercut with a deep sense of civic concern, Nil agitates considerations of privilege, eroticism and patriotism as cultural capital in a regulated social economy.
Nil was performed at the National Arts Festival 2017 (Grahamstown, South Africa).
Created and performed by Gavin Krastin.
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