Eva's piece was a dark comedy that had us in the room both laughing, and wondering how we could be laughing at these reenactments off murders. Her artist talk at 6018 N Gallery was equally fascinating.
It was such a pleasure to meet you, Eva.
Strawberries have tender skin, and meat. Their juice is red like blood. When you treat them like humans sometimes treat other humans, then they become human themselves or at least animate objects, which invite you to identify yourself with them. Inspired by fairy tales, where sometimes objects come to life and so become a projection screen for your own experiences and fantasies. In the performance „Death is Certain“ Eva Meyer-Keller has installed sweet Strawberries as her protagonists. The stalks are removed from the fruit, but they are not washed. Instead they are being killed. She takes care of this business manually, in a way which turns the everyday into something brutal. The viewer is reminded of deaths from films, but also the reality of executions, how they really happen: associations from individual and collective experience in the face of sweet death at the kitchen table.