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 by Alessandra Pearson and Mary Grace Bernard

image documentation by Alessandra Pearson and Mary Grace Bernard

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.

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