My name is Anna Frenkel and I am currently in my 4th year of my drama and performance degree in the Scottish highlands. During my last year, I decided to focus my work around performance art and feminism. Throughout my research, I came across many different feminist performance artists that inspired my process. Marina Abramović was one of the biggest influences. Early on she explored the boundaries of her body and mind and together with Ulay she explored the female and Male relationship through performance art with an active audience participation.
It was especially important to me to find my feminist voice as a performance maker. The piece Cocoon focuses on my relationship with my clothes and how they help me to find my identity. The audience is invited to go through my private clothes and help me getting dressed. By establishing a personal relationship with the audience, I aim to show them what effect the clothes that we wear can have on the perception of our self. It was important to me to explore the themes in a safe environment to initiate a conversation with the audience. By incorporating clothes that that make feel very self-conscious I hope to open up the conversation about body image and body shaming. I hope to take this project further by bringing it to small festivals and public performance spaces.