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I Can Love but I Cannot Eat, 2022

The Second Act Stand: 229

I Can Love but I Cannot Eat, 2022 


A spoken word performance that proposes multi layers of meaning. It is both a cultural commentary on the power shifts within relationships, but also the problematic nature of  the ‘gaze’ in all its forms; turning people into ‘meat’ and ultimately a ‘meal’ to be consumed, albeit it visually, poetically, emotionally or sexually. The deliberate gesture of removing the image is intended to counter the intensity of the straight male gaze that distorts women into something to be devoured regardless of their own desires, or position in the wider culture. 

This narrative is in direct opposition to the dominant male gaze narrative associated with art history, sexuality and cultural hierarchies. 



Lydia McCaig