Carnesky: The Jewess Tattoess
Marina Carnesky was trained as a dancer, visual artist, and performance
artist in England. Since 1993 her performances have been shown in
many places in Great Britain, both in theatres, galleries, clubs,
In the last
five years she has performed on a regular basis in nightclubs and
cabarets in London. Her shows combine modern performance with the
spectacular style of the cabaret and the freakshow.
In the performance
"Jewess Tattooess", Marisa Carnesky puts her Jewish background to
the fore by challenging one of the dogmas of Judaism: that the human
body must not be blemished by mutilations or tattoos. She lets her
own markedly and beautifully tattooed body be the focus of a work
that examines her relationship to Jewish culture and the Holocaust:
It is reminiscences of the tattooed numbers on the bodies of concentration
camp prisoners that are being made manifest. During the performance,
Carnesky has a Star of David tattooed on her body.
is a performance that employs elements of Yiddidsh and victorian
melodrama, the macabre French Grand Guignol theatre, and the German
expressionist films of the twenties. A video of her recent Copenhagen
performance will be shown.