Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake
Perfomance, 2019

Let Them Eat Cake

I was inspired to do this piece by the phrase “Let them eat cake”, (Original phrase: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”), supposedly spoken by Queen Marie Antoinette, when she heard that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quotation reflected the princess’s disregard for the peasants, or her poor understanding of their situation.
In this piece I transformed myself with something edible. I offered to spectators the items I had used to transform myself.
I wanted to explore the concept of offering something to people and why is it so important. There is this social idea when you give something to the other, you have some kind of authority over them and you expect something back. By giving these brioches to spectators I was also giving parts of myself since I was all covered up. And this was also a joyful gesture for me as I was seeing people enjoy the brioches and expressing their gratefulness for having them.

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