White Man On A Pedestal: Purge
As part of Doreen Garner’s exhibition White Man On A Pedestal with Kenya (Robinson), she recreated the seven-feet tall statue of Sims in Central Park, encasing it in a thin layer of silicone. Once peeled, his ‘skin’ lies in situ on an operating table. In Purge, Garner will perform a vesicovaginal fistula closure on the Skin of Poneros. Several body cast models featured in her work Rack of those Ravaged and Unconsenting will also assist in this procedure. Using dissection as a means to get to the truth, the symbolic mutilation of Sims’s body on a surgical table seeks to undo his historically praised posture.