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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
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
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
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