As a farmer from Goa, India, I propose to bring together the concept of skin and rice to address gender issues and performance in the Asian context. I grow rice in my agricultural land in Goa. I have used this rice for my performance.
Through the act of peeling my own skin, I am peeling away cultural constructions that has conditioned my image. It is my means of conquering societal judgements on race and finally recognizing and claiming my body as my own.
I believe that the strength of the female body is to be able to form a language that can express directly against the system that is dominated by men. I feel women have the potential to generate subversion of the patriarchal language due to their existing position in the psychoanalytical model of the subject construction.