Echo Morgan: Blue and White Porcelain

photos: Jamie Baker

The performance “’Be the Inside of the Vase” was divided into two parts.
The first story began with my dad’s attempt to commit suicide. The performance revealed my uneasy childhood and difficult relationship with my father. I was still and silent whist my voice revealed the narrative using a pre-recorded audio. In the second performance the story moves towards my relationship with my mother. Through a rather brutal personal history I addressed sexually political statements:
From my father: “Women should be like vase, smooth, decorative and empty inside! ” From my mother: “ Don’t be a vase, pretty but empty inside, be the inside, be the quality!” From myself: “This is my voice, my story, my childhood, I am not a vase! .”

Watch the video:

Be the inside of the vase from Echo Morgan on Vimeo.



Grete Stern. Sueños (Dreams). Dream No. 44: The Accused, Dream No. 1: Electrical Appliances for the Home, Dream 43: Mirror of Dreams, Dream No. 46: Estrangement, Dream No. 20: Perspective, Dream No. 5: Bottle Cast into the Sea, Dream No. 28: Love Without Illusion, Dream No. 41: The Phone Call, Dream No. 18: Café Concert, Dream No. 13: Consent (top to bottom). 1948-1950.

Grete Stern is best known as half of Foto Ringl + Pit, the innovative advertising and design studio she founded in Berlin in 1929 with her fellow Bauhaus alumna Ellen Auerbach. Fleeing the rise of Nazism in 1933, Stern made her way to Buenos Aires, where she continued her work as a photographer and graphic designer. In 1948 the popular Argentine women’s magazine Idilio commissioned Stern to create a series of photomontages to accompany a weekly column called “Psychoanalysis Will Help You” which invited readers to submit their dreams for analysis. Over the course of three years Stern created 140 photomontages for Idilio, translating the unconscious fears and desires of the magazine’s predominantly female readership into witty images that nimbly expose the links between desire, domesticity, and feminine identity. -Met