Mary Coble’s latest performance, Deferral, addresses the FDA’s policy of refusing blood donations from men who have had sex with men at any time since 1977. Over four days in the Corcoran’s atrium, Coble and a number of gay men encode the curtains of an anatomical theater with text and images from blood donor campaigns, regulations and debates.

The artist writes using her own blood, drawn onsite, while her collaborators work with red thread in place of their ‘illegal’ blood. Over the course of the performance, the performers actions create an increasingly tangled web, enveloping and impeding their shared space while reclaiming the image of the male hero.

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