Brainwashing, 2005-2008

This performance is an ongoing social experiment and has taken place in the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland and most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

I pose myself as a ‘lavandera,’ a stereotype of a Latina woman washing. Sitting on a low wooden bench in a desolate silo, I wash a animal’s brain, gently at first and increasingly rougher, using a sponge, a toothbrush and my hands. A basin of murky water and a disintegrated brain are the residues left behind. I wash my hands and walk away with indifference. The piece can be read on a political level, reflecting the loss of individuality within an imposed culture.