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.