Dirty Talk, Becoming Other Series, 2013
a Live Performance by Alex Berry
Dirty Talk is a conceptual performance art piece examining communication and otherness performed in Liberia, West Africa. Inspired by the LGBTQ struggle for basic human rights in parts of the world where such identity or behavior is condemned, Dirty Talk, performed by myself and partner Elizabeth Steen, also explores barriers of ethnicity, gender and the general tension involved in cultural miscommunication and exoticism. Dirty Talk was documented live in a heavily trafficked district in Monrovia, Liberia. A large bamboo pole was inserted into the female artists’ mouths followed by an attempted dialogue. The resulting indistinguishable conversation transmuted into a self-contained rant in front of a swelling audience. The audience is then proposed with multiple layers of nonverbal as well as other nonlinguistic auditory clues, despite impediments, to the urgency of our singular conversation. The project was documented by video, audio and photography and intended to engage conversation on the topic of otherness, global communication, and social intervention.
Alex Berry is a writer and conceptual artist in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She fused experimental journalistic practices and performance art as a M.F.A. graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Her writing has been published in the Red and Black Newspaper, Infusion Magazine, Examiner.com, Atlanta INtown Paper, and in Quilt Stories—a collaborative project with the NAMES Project Foundation and AIDS Memorial Quilt. She has had a reading at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and has shown her work at galleries in Atlanta including whitespace gallery, Sycamore Place Gallery, Cherrylion Studios, and Mason Murer Fine Art. She has also shown internationally in Berlin, Germany and done performances at the Raghurajpur International Art and Culture Exchange in Orissa, India, and in Liberia, West Africa.
All material was provided by Alex Berry.
This work was submitted by Alex Berry on 22 September 2014.