by Ari Benjamin Meyers in collaboration with
and performed by Ayumi Paul
June-July 2017 Esther Schipper, Berlin

     In preparation for Solo for Ayumi, which Ari Benjamin Meyers intended to base on my life, I decided to write about my life and later turned parts of the text into letters addressed to Ari. I used the same technique the writer Sarah Kane used and the letters became deeply personal. For the show, Ari encrypted each letter with a composition that I then performed and transformed into 6 hours every single day of the exhibition at Esther Schipper. Alongside this performance, which formed the core of the exhibition, we chose to exhibit selected objects and artifacts belonging to me and paired them with the letter-scores. Those diptychs were displayed either framed on the wall or laid out in large vitrines. 

photos Solo for Ayumi by Andrea Rossetti © Esther Schipper

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