When I entered first grade in post-Soviet Russia, my teacher instructed my mother to tie my left hand to my body with a leather belt. This way I could do homework only with my right hand. One couldn't be a lefty in Soviet Union, everyone had to be the same.
My mother could not handle my tears. To this day I remain left-handed. In Accept Your Penance, a two-hour performance, I recreate this childhood experience while repeatedly writing the words "To dust we shall return" with my right hand.
Accept Your Penance premiered at Weltkunstzimmer in Düsseldorf, Germany on Nov. 9th, 2018.