Grieving in New York City
2-hour public performance, West 23rd Street, NYC
To each of their own.
Grieving in New York City is a 2-hour public performance where I kneeled / sat / walked back and forth of West 23rd Street of NYC while smiling to strangers and holding a signboard — as an appropriation of the public signages in NYC. The interactive and exhibitionistic piece explores creating intimacy in public spaces and how the gesture of (un)masking can spark the most personal and intimate of conversations in the otherwise hurried, fast pace of New York City. Strangers are welcomed to come forward to respond, or do the same.
There’s something irreplaceable about the physical human presence, face-to-face communication, and committing to having conversations that matter in a city full of small talks. As I opened my heart and vulnerability to strangers on the streets, I realise I could be a catalyst and medium for trust and intimacy.
At the end, I also became a story collector.
*All photos are taken with permission. These photos serve as a memento for those who have come forward to share a lovely conversation with me. (of course, not all, I do my best to be respectful!)