Venice Art Biennale Lilibeth Cuenca Art June 2011
‘Afghan Hound’ was a performance by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen shown at the Venice Art Biennale 2011. The performance took place on a platform built on the Danish Pavilion ground in the arena of the Art Biennale. The costume in the show has a significant part in the story, as it is made of human hair and contributes to four different roles, as the artist is transformed from a woman in a burqa, to a man, a lady-boy and a woman again.
The human hair material used for the burqa in ‘Afghan Hound’ comes from a desire to challenge the expression / use of organic matter. An added dimension is the sale of human hair through temples in India where pure believers have offered their hair as a prayer for richer life, in fact, the hair is sold to the hair-extension industry in richer countries. In the performance, we don’t want to control what associations the audience will have, when they view the costume, such information adds just another layer of significance to the performance.
Costume design and Digital video: Lise Klitten
Music: Anders Christophersen Still Photo: Anders Sune Berg Afghan Hound Performance: Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen