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La Nourrice (come drink from me my darling)
2009
One to one performance
Visions of Excess, curated by Lee Adams and Ron Athey, Spill Festival, London.
Camera by Richard Andersen.
 

La Nourrice (come drink from me my darling) is a one to one performance in which audience members are invited to suckle with the aid of a Supplementary Nursing System. Breastfeeding is dislocated from maternity, and explored as an expression of love and grief. It continues my research into stimulated lactation, looking at adult nursing as a means through which to re-think sexual play and gender difference. Milk, with its dual status as both bodily fluid and food, is ingested into the partner’s body in an intimate display of cannibalism, establishing a shared form of erotic tenderness.   

In conjunction with the performance, a single-screen video of a girl breastfeeding a lamb is played on loop.

Read extended La Nourrice text

Becoming a Lamb or a Child review by Alex Eisenberg.