Loving Strangers Swollen & Inflamed (2022)

Performance, 11 min.


Puppet and I are strangers.

So we are there, together with our conditioning about the stranger.

How can we relate to each other,

And to each other’s bodies?

On the narrow path for using the body for extraction,

Embodiment of violence and dominance assumes control.

Violation of the body in its internal and external spaces

Causes inflammation.

If we mirror each other, can we borrow a vision to see ourselves,

And to deeply question the narrative about our essence?

Of our history, of what is asserted as inevitable.

Can we emphasize our choices in moving forward,

From body’s capability of inflicting harm,

To its infinite intelligence for healing.

And take this as the base to re-imagine

Absolutely everything.

Credits, Inspiration & Lineage

Ecologies of Transformation.

The Resilience Toolkit by Nkem Ndefo, conveyed by Char Azad

Alice Sparkly Kat on the third house.

Inflamed by Rupa Marya & Raj Patel

Sara Ahmed, Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality

Work of David Graeber

Report on covid deaths of Turkish & Surinamese: Centraal Bureau voorde Statistiek (CBS)

Sharon van Etten, “End of the World” lyrics appropriated

Lana Del Rey, “Yayo” lyrics appropriated

Lady Gaga, “Paparazzi” live on Capital FM, sampled

Sara Parkman, “Ing-Maries vals”, sampled

Lena Chamamyan, "Lamma Bada Yatathana", sampled

Photography by Dora Lionstone

@doralionstoned