Next of Skin, 2018 - Forest Rituals

Białowieża Primeval Forest, Poland

In this performances I am attempting to become a forest, to return my body to the natural environment, where it belongs. I dig a hole with my hands and bury my feet in the forest floor. I lie down and cover myself with whatever organic matter I find around me, some of the elements I put into my mouth. I feel that, through this very physical and intimate experience of giving in my body into the environment, I can perceive it from a closer and more equal perspective. 

It is an ongoing project in which I am searching for new forms of connections with the environment using my own body and opening to various textural intimacies. 

 

photos ©Stanislav Semenyuk