JOHANNA VAN OVERMEIR
Janus



JANUS, performance, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow 2015, 3x240'

A 6 meter long swing is installed in between the media machine space and the central “exhibition” space of the Biennale pavilion. I climb a ladder to mount the swing, which brings me 2,5m above the ground. My dress is made of natural flax died black. On the back of my head I wear a masque that is a replica of my own face. As such I resemble the two-faced Roman deity Janus, who was associated with passages and transitions, beginnings and endings, journeys and exchanges. I rock back and forth on the swing for four hours, until I lose my balance and softly finish my movements. I repeat this chain of actions for a total of three times in the course of the Biennale.