Annabel Daou Courtesy of Galerie Tanja Wagner
Amidst the stress of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the artist Annabel Daou wants to alleviate others' anxiety. In a 12-hour durational performance this week, the New York-based artist will silently reflect on other people's “worries” from dusk until dawn, when “burdens feel the heaviest”, she says.
Daou is inviting the public to submit one or two concerns weighing on them to [email protected] and choose a time slot between 6pm and 6am. She will then select and schedule these worries, focusing solely on one submission at the requested time while pacing her apartment, holding a set of hand-made “worry beads”.
The performance “has its origins in my memories of the long hallway in my childhood apartment in Beirut,” Daou says. “Growing up during the Lebanese Civil War, I would watch the men pace back and forth, often carrying worry beads”, an amulet derived from Greek and Cypriot culture that can be manipulated with one or two hands as a stress-reliever. Unlike prayer beads, the artist explains, these have no religious or ceremonial purpose.
The performance will be continuous, with no more than a two-minute break over 12 hours, and will be live-streamed on Galerie Tanja Wagners Instagram from 3 April at 6pm until 6am the next morning.
Each participant whose worries are selected will be sent a digital copy of an original drawing by Daou annotated with the time and date specific to their submission.
Annabel Daou, Worry Beads, 2020 Courtesy of Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
The artist will not reveal the submissions she has received, as “people's worries are often specific to their lives and the lives of those they care about”, she says. “I will say that, most of the time, peoples worries are for someone other than themselves, usually someone they love, though many are also for people they dont know.”
Daou was in the midst of a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn when she and other artists were forced to vacate the studios last month due to the Covid-19 crisis in New York. “I was just beginning to conceive the project when the situation became more serious and social distancing started to be implemented”, she says. The work has since become “a way to consider my role witRead More – Source