26/09/2008: Tennessee Claflin - Sunday Morning
And then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
STYX Project Space is proud to present Sunday Morning, a new performance piece by Tennessee Claflin.
Sunday Morning is inspired by a quote from Genesis that probes the Christian conception of the origins of human life. "It could be said that the performance is an extension of the ongoing self-created legacy of Claflin, as is the Tennessee persona. The name Tennessee Claflin is borrowed from a real-life familial ancestor, a rumored sex worker and radical suffragette who eventually married into royalty. That there are numerous parallels with our modern-day Claflin in this mythic story is undeniable. Sunday Morning is thus a tenable invocation of the Tennessee Claflin parable, one which also mines the artist's own mythography as a subject debased in his estrangement from the raw matter of his born identity - as Mormon, white American, and Cherokee Indian." (T. Jeppesen, disorientations.com)
Tennessee Claflin was born in Boise, Idaho and spent most of his young life in Salt Lake City before moving to Los Angeles at the age of seventeen. Today he is a Berlin based writer, activist & performance artist having lived and worked in several other cities around the world including New York, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Istanbul, Madrid and Portland, Oregon.
Performance Sunday Morning" by Tennessee Claflin
Friday, 26 September, 7 pm