Karasick’s work encounters, reveals and finally resists the growing cornucopia of privatized fear that surrounds us through examining the media of among other things: safety manuals, menus and rules of etiquette – as well as her send-up of the seemingly innocuous Obama Girl video that was a hall mark of last Spring’s presidential race – to examine what is truly safe and sane, frightening and outrageous in today’s world.
“When being tortured, it has always been recommended that the victim think of the torturer with their clothes off or in some humorous posture in order to get through the ordeal, and I think that is true of being alive today. We need some humour to get us through life amidst economic meltdowns, terrorist threat levels, multi-billion dollar frauds and the pervasive politics of fear. Why shouldn’t poking some gentle fun at Osama bin Laden be a part of that therapy?”
She also adds that “it was a way of dealing with the violence that seems to surrounds us everywhere today. Creation, whether artistic or biological can itself be a violent act but one which can be cathartic and restorative rather than threatening and cruel.”
The video release is available on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/
Adeena Karasick (www.adeenakarasick.com)
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Award winning Canadian/American poet and performance artist based in New York with 7 books published by Talonbooks described as "electricity in language" (Nicole Brossard) , "a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak"