This is not a performance, 2023

Kasia Fudakowski, This is not a performance, 2023; Performance, engraved brass plate; 10 × 10 cm

This is not a performance is a commissioned piece entailing the artist’s vow to quit smoking, complete with a plaque to commemorate her decision. Instead of being a promise, the action of quitting smoking, picking up the habit again, and quitting again becomes a farcical performance that plays with the idea of finality yet ultimately strips it of its power and meaning.

Photos by Marjorie Brunet Plaza