Art as a mirror to injustice #Forum2000online

February 4, 2021

“Tenderness is the only force to rewrite the brutal reality.“

Loretta Lau, performative artist, was the guest of our #Forum2000online Chat. We talked about performative art as a way for people to rethink and empathise with those who are suffering injustice because of authoritarian regimes. She talked about her motivation, inspiration and her main aim to bring people to see themselves through her in new context.

In her first performance on 4th June 2019 entitled “Letter to my people” in DOX – Centre For Contemporary Art, she was shaved as a symbol of an impending prison sentence. Four months later, on 10th October, she presented a public art performance – ‘Memory Eraser’ in the National Theater in Prague, she was in the custody of a 2 meters white cube for 24 hours. Under the shadow of the pandemic, she started an online performance in March 2020, interviewed and portrayed over 160 people about their perspective on the COVID-19 situation. At the end of the interview Loretta is offering the audience her brand new piece of performative art thus we strongly recommend to watch it until the end.

„I got some online comments from the pro-China supporters, they said that my performance was too radical, which refers to a guided imagery public performance in Wenceslas Square. Why do they think that I am radical to tell the story about the massacre, but at the same moment they can neglect the brutal behavior from the regime. And I am just a mirror of social injustice.“

The interview was recorded on February 2, 2021 and moderated by Arzu Geybulla, Columnist and Writer from Azerbaijan.