My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. x
the artist’s words: Water runs. The body is there, dirty. The public’s position as observer is replaced by the action of participating and cleansing the body. Motivated, perhaps by some empathy for the unknown individual, hidden behind the mud.
DYNAMO project-space, Thessaloniki, Greece Performance Festival of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art. Photos by Eleftheria Kalpenidou / courtesy of the Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art.