Rosa Does Joan
Duration: 60 mins.
Media: Site-specific performance
Date: July, 1992
Description: In arguably her
most widely seen 'performance' Nao created the character of "Rosa"
the exhibitionist, to appear on the Joan Rivers Show in 1992. Sandwiched
between a binocular-toting Manhattan voyeur and a naughty public access
TV actress, "Rosa" described her lifestyle as a "stunt
exhibitionist". Unbeknownst to the audience, the "Rosa"
character was mostly a fabrication, allowing Nao to roll out a kinky sex-positive
spin, mindtripping Middle America while those in the know basked in the
televised glow of her performance art prank. Based on the experience,
Nao later constructed the video/performance "Rosa does Joan"
for Artists Television Access in San Francisco.
Venue: The Joan Rivers Show, New York, New York