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Bridget Moser, My Crops Are Dying But My Body Persists, 2020, HD video, color, sound, 21 minutes 57 seconds. Bridget Moser.

Bridget Moser, My Crops Are Dying But My Body Persists, 2020, HD video, color, sound, 21 minutes 57 seconds. Bridget Moser.

Bridget Moser

Remai Modern

Bridget Moser’s solo exhibition “My Crops Are Dying But My Body Persists” opened in mid-March, just as Covid-19 lockdown measures were put in place. As the title suggests, a spectral virus seemingly lurks in the background of her work, casting a shadow over a show without an audience. And, like Covid-19, Moser’s seminarrative performance video—central to her installation—has since spread more widely, having been made available for viewing online.

The video begins with the artist holding a giant set of plastic tangerine lips—a beauty gadget meant to be fitted into one’s mouth and bitten into repeatedly so that one’s facial muscles get tighter. The artist manipulates the object with her hands to make it look like it’s talking. The contraption delivers a monologue conveying existential dread and ennui. Via a simulated text-to-speech voice, it ironically grapples with the malaise of being a

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