About the work
A repond to Jens Hoffman invitation to look back at the history of performance art I tool a
reference of in 1972 work of a Cuban feminist Ana Mendieta (1945-1985) entitled “Death of the chicken”
in which the killed a white
chicken in order to speak her exile from her homeland and culture.
This homage nonetheless clearly marks the Indonesian artist’s
different approach to the same theme, as Suryodarmo lets the black rooster
loose among the audience, chases and catches him again.
Material: one big healthy black rooster
Performed at "A little bit of the History Repeated", curated by Jens Hoffman at the Kunst Werke, Berlin, Germany, 2001
Photo: Roland Runge