Twinning (2022) – Video

Video 10'04''
by Coco Schwarz & Alina Mann
camera: Ilona Stutz and Morena Barra
music by Coco Schwarz
curator: Petra Tomlijanovic

The videowork entitled „Twinning“ is a captivating performance-based video that delves into the nuanced complexities of gender identity. In a meticulous display of artistry, the work explores the fluidity of these boundaries, evoking an emotional response in the viewer. The accompanying text, drawn from the words of Saint Teresa of Avila, imbues the work with an added layer of spiritual resonance, painting a vivid picture of the body and spirit in the midst of exquisite pain and transcendent ecstasy.

„Body and spirit dwell in the throes of exquisite pain, alternating between a fearful fiery glow, in complete unconscious helplessness, and periods of apparent strangulation. Sometimes such ecstatic transports literally cause the body to be lifted into space. This state may last as long as half an hour and tends to be followed by relaxation of a few hours of swoon-like weakness, attended by the absence of all faculties while in union with God.“ (Teresa of Avila)