A Live Performance titled:
"The Blood of Christ”
Wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ. The Christian bible says:
19. “When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. 20. And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean." Leviticus 15
The message is dangerous because they use their moral tone to demean all women and a woman’s natural bodily functions. Dating back for centuries, the woman’s menstrual period had always been a source of shame.
Once every month, my menstrual cycle will begin. As a woman growing up, the world always seemed to look at it with disdain, as something grotesque, or shameful. However, for women, it is our reality, and our body’s natural way of cleansing itself in preparation to hold another life in it’s womb.
In light of one of the biggest Christian holidays, Christmas, I created a conceptual performance that shines a positive light towards menstruation. I drew parallels to the symbolism of Christ’s blood, and the blood of menstruation. Wine is symbolic of Christ’s blood, and similarly to the waning womb, it is symbolic of life, death, renewal, and of hope and rebirth.
I chose to begin my performance during the heaviest day of my menstrual cycle. It was important to me to document this performance using real menstruation blood to represent the authentic process of menstruation. A lot of men imagine period blood to fall freely out of a vagina like a fountain, but the women’s cleansing of it’s womb is actually a week long process. I sat there patiently with the wine glass underneath me in a span of hours waiting for one drop of my blood to fall into the glass. Menstrual blood to me, symbolizes renewal, rebirth, and hope for life.
The backlash over a woman’s menstruation is about oppression of women. This performance aims to celebrate the beauty and magic of the female body.
Performance was documented and photographed by GBK.photos
Video and full photo set documentation of the live performance coming soon at JoeyKim.tv