This performance entailed selecting samples from my own body and placing them into test tubes and small containers. In each of these containers a ‘sample’ from an insect, animal or plant was already placed. Adding my body’s material, and thus my DNA to the same test tube, I aimed to emphasize the sameness of our origins. Each of us is an organism, quite unlike others, but at the same time also the same. Human embryos resemble the embryos of any other mammal, bird or amphibian during certain developmental stages because all animals carry very ancient genes dating back to the origin of cells. We’re created from the same dust, elements and atoms and governed by the same natural laws – even though our human-made laws don’t grant the same rights to other organisms.

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  • Performed as part of ORGANISM
  • Date April 2016
  • Venue StateoftheArt Gallery, Cape Town