Sharon Alward



Commission by the Plug In Gallery to do a Performance/ Installation for ART OVER AIDS in November 1990.

I poured 5 gallons of blood and semen on the floor of the gallery during a private ritual of mourning and the next several hours were spent cleaning up the spilled blood and semen. TOTENTANZ evolved from the image of a world scale medieval theatre; a dance of death in its most tragic sense. AIDS has become a symbolic disease that has taken on apocalyptic dimensions. The ritual was performed in an attempt to reconcile my own ambivalent attitude towards AIDS. TOTENTANZ addresses the idea of personal responsibility and my own self-conscious attempt as an artist to confront the inadequacy of art in the face of death.

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