Work n° 9: I did nails at the Tate (2018)

January 23, 2018 Actions

I realised it takes a lot of courage to sit down with me, in that setting.

On the 21st of January 2018 I spent 6 hours giving visitors of the Tate free manicures and massages. Myself and Junda Dietze (my friend and set designer) built a set modeled after South East Asian nailsalons. Visitors would invite themselves to sit down with me and pick a treatment. Often, it felt like it wouldn’t matter what they would go, it felt like they just wanted to have a chat. Often, I would not feel heard – I would listen, ask questions, file their nails. Sometimes we’d lower our voice and talk about race. I would listen to anecdotes, problems that comes wth being a POC in public spaces, such as the Tate, honest acccounts.

I felt like their confidant.

 

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