Written by Vlada Bazeliciuc
This week, we attended the exhibition of Erica Gressman at the Department of Latina/Latino
Studies. I was very surprised by the content of the exhibition.
When I came in, besides photographs of Erica Gressman, there were also 3 videos of her
performance. Two of the videos were similar to each other. Both videos were dark and sad. I
think in both videos Erica Gressman was trying to explore who she really is underneath the
I rewatched the third video multiple times and I had very mixed feelings about it. Erica Gressman was wearing few things of the doctor’s attire and smoldering makeup. During the course of the video, she was drilling her own stomach and later wires started to show in the spot of her “surgery”. Her costume and the presence of wires projects to disbelief in the modern technology in the medical field. The end of the video was even more disturbing, her face and hair were covered in white splatters that resembled male ejaculation. I think this last detail of the video points out to the rape incidents in the twenty-first century. Overall, the camera was always full and it was hard for me to make connections between the little details.
very earthy and spiritual. Gressman was holding a sphere made out of sticks and feathers. I
think this set of photos was a cry for help. Gressman represented the society’s expectation
by that sphere and her head was completely inside it.
Of course, this exhibition was not like any other exhibition I had a chance to see. But it was
an interesting experience. I liked how Gressman’s art made me think of the actual meaning
of it and its meaning is probably different for each individual.