On 8 March 2008 the Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca set out to hitchhike from Milan to Jerusalem in a wedding dress, documented with a video camera. On 31 March her body was found in woods on the outskirts of Istanbul. In telling the young woman’s story, which overwhelms her and inexorably draws her in, Leger recounts the different stages of her research and the writing of the book.
She strikes upon something fundamental within Bacca’s performance: the desire to remedy the unfathomable nature of violence and war. Ultimately, she must face up to the failure of the young woman’s endeavour. As she surveys the terrain of performance art and continues her examination of portrayals of the female condition, as in her earlier books, Leger explores the existential mystery and harsh truths expressed in Bacca’s work, and that of other performance artists.
The White Dress closes what is now regarded as a trilogy that begins with Exposition and is followed by Suite for Barbara Loden.
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