You need to gain weight to stay healthy

30 minute performance, 2018

For you need to gain weight to stay healthy, I wanted to reveal a type of care that causes pain but is needed in order to stay healthy in the long run. On a mid-May day, I nervously handed out little tasters of weight gain shake to everyone sitting in the audience. I then waited for five minutes and proceeded to take off my clothes down to my nude-colored underwear (to signal the transition from the public to private sphere). I was shaking uncontrollably from nervousness. Once I mixed four weight gain powder packets with four glasses of milk, which added up to a total of three thousand calories, I drank all four glasses as my belly swelled with pain. Then, I got up, started putting my clothes back on, and sat on the ground. As I was putting on my shoes, I quickly grabbed the nearest garbage can to puke what I had just imbibed.

image documentation courtesy of Alessandra Pearson and Mary Grace Bernard

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