I am afraid of americans
photos and text, based on a performance 2009
60 x42 cm each
Inspired by the title of a David Bowie song, I went on a long walk through New York City wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “I Am Afraid of Americans”. During the performance I was open to dialogue and was continually approached by people wishing to comment on the statement. The text, which was written during the walk, comments on this process of confrontation and occasional engagement from the point of view of a ‘stranger’.
An excerpt from the text:
I start to play this exotic stranger girl, lost in the big city. Now sitting on the stairs of some shop, to write down my notes. People tossing some strange look on me sometimes.
This is the last part. I already stopped performing. Then Sean, an African-American started to talk to me. He is from Gambia. He thought my t-shirt was aggressive. Made a photo together. His number is XXX XXX XXXX..