CCLAP 2014 PERFORMANCE: Lorena Lo Pena – Beauty Hurts

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Historically women have had to submit themselves to social and cultural beauty standards and consequent practices, undergoing many tortuous ‘treatments’ to fulfill them. This performance piece confronts us with some of the issues of imposed feminine beauty ideals.

In a corner of the space, a small beauty salon has been set. Inside, the performer will receive a pelvic wax, performed by a beautician. A projection of a video compilation of men and women going through painful waxing experiences is set near the pop-up beauty salon. This spa/beauty demonstration performance questions socially imposed beauty standards and the historically repressed female image and body. The audience will witness a public waxing demonstration where they will have to choose between peeking in to see this demonstration, just listen outside, or leave.

Lorena Lo Pena


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