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Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag

In London, Scores on February 25, 2022 at 3:42 pm
Misplaced, Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2021, Millennium Bridge, London, performed by: Dagmara Bilon & Dyana Gravina. Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Weekend and the Community Gathering in Belgrade, October 17 2021, via Zoom. Photo: Mia Bilon.


Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2001

Around 30 minutes, with or without preparation, two performers

Location: busy city bridge


This score is sort of a combination of the Mis(s)placed Women? Score#1 and Score#2 by Tanja Ostojić. Becoming One With a Bag is a metaphor of displacement, objectification and detachment from humanity, in which the viewer on their way to work crosses the busy city bridge and unexpectedly spots legs coming out of a bag, without a face, without an identity. Next to the bag on legs, there is a second person (co-performer) holding a MISPLACED sign (Score #2). (The bridge here is a symbol of a transient place, in-between two different locations, when one migrates from one place to the other, on the bridge is ‘in between’.)


1. Select a busy city bridge.

2. The main action takes place on the pedestrian area toward the middle of the bridge.

3. The performer wears a dress and high heels, walking over the bridge toward the middle, carrying the ‘refuge bag’ on her shoulder. She stops and steps inside the bag until her upper body disappears inside the bag. The second performer zips the bag and positions herself aproximately one meter away.

4. Both of them stand still as a kind of juxtaposed, obscure attraction and provocation at the same time for about half an hour.

Important: The co-performer needs also to look after the person in the bag who can not see its surroundings.

Misplaced, Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2021, Millennium Bridge, London, performed by: Dagmara Bilon & Dyana Gravina. Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Weekend and the Community Gathering in Belgrade, October 17 2021, via Zoom. Live streaming: Robin Harvey.


It is interesting to find out to whom this action speaks to and how are the people passing by responding. Reflect upon your motivation to perform this score and from which perspective you speak. (For example, as a non-UK citizen, based in London, I travelled recently back home to unite with my family after having been away for two weeks. Two days ahead of my flight, I received an email from the Home Office stating that if I am not able to present my Settled Status at the border, I won’t be able to enter the country. After 20 years of living in the UK, I would have never thought that I had to fear being stopped at the borders… This experience made me think about the people who struggle daily with this issue.)

Crediting and Publishing:

Mis(s)placed Women? project by Tanja Ostojić, live action by Dagmara Bilon, performed by: your names…


Dagmara Bilon (1981) is a London based performance and interdisciplinary artist, creative producer and activist of Polish/German origin who conducted various community-led art projects engaging young people in the discourse of gender, sexuality and identity. She is active member of the The Purple Ladies collective since its establishment, and the Mis(s)placed Women? community since 2016.


Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić in the Mis(s)placed Women? exhibition catalogue, KCB Belgrade 2021


Please visit the related posts:

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own2009

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012

HOANG TRAN HIEU HANH: Score #4: spread and reflect, 2021

Earlier contributions by Dagmara BILON:

Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performances on gentrification, home and identity in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by LADA London, December 2016

Teresa Albor’s and Dagmara Bilon’s continuous collaboration


Earlier blog posts for London:

The following artists, activists and researchers developed their new works or performed some of the “Misplaced Women?” scores in the frame of the Tanja Ostojic’s “Misplaced Women?” London Workshop. I would like to invite you to please check out Participants Contributions in text, photos and videos, that I edited partly in collaboration with Danyel Ferrari and published on the project blog:

Tanja Ostojic

Elena Marchevska

Teresa Albor

Camilla Canocchi 


Cherry Truluck

Seila Fernandez Arconada

Alice Tuppen

Hilary Williams 


Score #4: Spread and Reflect

In Scores on November 15, 2021 at 11:25 am


Score #4: spread and reflect, 2021

More or less an hour, several performers


Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection! is a collaborative intervention with large mirrors, first performed in Berlin’s underground in January 2018 in the frame of Tanja Ostojić’s Misplaced Women? performance art workshop, confronting manspreading, a habit of men sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than their own seat. 


1. Choose a mirror to bring along with you, (the larger the better).

2. Select a means of transport of your choice, for exsample: metro, tram, train.

3. Take your seat in front of a cis man (short for cisgender man: a person who was assigned male at birth and whose gender identity is male).

4. Hold your mirror between your legs with the mirror reflection towards the person sitting opposite to you.

5. You can do the same action on a different means of transport and see how different it is being perceived at different times.


Reflect upon how it feels to hold the mirror, to take up space, to be made invisible by the mirror, and to become visible with the mirror.

Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection! by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Jiachen Xu

Crediting and Publishing:

It is very important to credit everyone properly. With the Misplaced Women? project we pay special attention to that. Please be sure to fully credit your action as: (Your name:) a performance in response to the delegated performance by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Score 4: spread and reflect, MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN?, project by Tanja Ostojić, performed by: (add names of everyone performing with you and the photographer(s) name(s))— wherever you share it or print it, and we will do the same with your contribution. Send a photo or a drawing of yourself performing, the description about how it went (your name, date, time, duration, location(s) and notes about what happened). Please let us know if you would like your contribution to be published on the blog of the project. We would greatly appreciate that!


Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection! by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu and Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh. Photo: Alice Minervini

Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh is a Berlin based activist, who is a member of the Mis(s)placed Women? community since January 2018. As a response to the racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-created a group for the Asian Diaspora in Europe and has hosted artist and community talks on notions of home, mobility and the politics of care. Her activism is centred around intersectional feminism, the right to reproductive self-determination, climate justice and the sense of solidarity in communities of colour. In her spare time, she ponders over creative approaches to link the arts with political activism to shift boundaries, change relationships and create new paradigms. Currently, Hanh is working on migration and displacement in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters.


Manspreading, Istanbul Underground, Photo: Tanja Ostojić, July 2021.

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić on the Misplaced Women? project blog (2021)


Please visit the related posts:

TANJA OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own, 2009

TANJA OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012

“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Berlin (Jan. 2018)

Manspreading, Istanbul Underground, Photo: Tanja Ostojić, July 2021.

Katılımcılara Açık Çağrı: Tanja Ostojić’in Mis(s)placed Women? Performans Atölyesi İstanbul’un sokaklarında

In Istanbul, News, Workshops on August 11, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Open Call in ENGLISH (click and follow the link)
Scroll down for German / Nach unten scrollen für Deutsch  

7-9 Eylül 2021 tarihleri arasında, Tanja Ostojić ile İstanbul’un çeşitli kamusal alanlarında gerçekleşecek 4 günlük performans sanatı atölyesi Mis(s)placed Women?, uluslararası performans sanatı platformu Performistanbul ve Tarabya Kültür Akademisi işbirliğiyle düzenleniyor. Atölye, 25 Eylül Cumartesi günü, Beykoz Kundura Sineması’nda gerçekleşecek halka açık sunum ile sona eriyor. Tarabya Kültür Akademisi’nde konuk edildiği süre kapsamında gerçekleştirdiği atölyede Ostojić, bireylerin yerinden edilme deneyimleri üzerinden Canlı Sanat pratikleri ile metodolojilerini araştırıyor. Başvuru için son tarih 31 Ağustos 2021.

Tanja Ostojić’in 2009 yılından bu yana devam eden  Mis(s)placed Women? sanat projesi,  uluslararası sanatçılarla farklı sosyal çevrelerden gelen kişilerin katkılarını da içeren performanslar, performans serileri,  atölye çalışmaları ve temsili performanslardan oluşuyor.  Bu proje kapsamında, geçici veya uzun süreli göçmenler, savaş ve doğal afet mültecileri ile queerler, evsizler… ve hayatlarını kazanmak için dünyayı dolaşan gezgin sanatçıların da çok iyi bildiği, yerinden edilmeyi konu alan bazı günlük yaşam faaliyetleri somutlaştırılıp hayata geçiriliyor. Bu performanslar, Ostojić’in geçmiş birçok çalışmasında öne çıkan nitelikteki, hareket hâlinde olma ve özellikle de kadın bedeni üzerinden göç temaları ile güç ve kırılganlık ilişkilerini incelemeyi sürdürüyor.

Misplaced Women? performance by Tanja Ostojić on the La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles a Marseille, 2013. With the participation of: Jane Kay Park, Emma-Edvige Ungaro, Alix Denambride, Kim Mc Cafferty, Robyn Hambrook, Helen Averley, Patricia Verity and Tanja Ostojić, Préavis de Désordre Urbain, Marseille

Atölye, sürecin tamamına katılmayı kabul eden, tüm yaş, cinsiyet, köken, sosyal çevre gruplarından, deneyim seviyesi gözetmeksizin herkese açıktır.  Göç, performans sanatı, kendini kadın olarak tanımlamanın beraberinde getirdiği koşullar, toplumsal cinsiyet temsilleri ile kamusal alanda sanat konularına ilgi duyanları özellikle davet ediyoruz. Katılımcılar, göç, marjinalleşme, yerinden edilme, maruz kalma ve ayrıcalıklı olma konularındaki deneyimlerini karşılıklı paylaşmaya ve Mis(s)placed Women? performanslarının bazılarını hayata geçirmeye davet ve teşvik ediliyor. Atölye ücretsiz olup, içecek, atıştırmalık ve yemek ikramı ile katılımcıların çalışmalarının profesyonel fotoğraf ve video dokümantasyonu sağlanacak.  Sınırlı sayıda yer olması nedeniyle katılmak isteyenlerden başvuru yapmalarını önemle rica ediyoruz. (Başvuru bilgileri aşağıdadır.) Atölye İngilizce dilinde gerçekleşiyor. Katılımınız için herhangi bir özel gereksiniminiz olması durumunda, motivasyon mektubunuzda konuyu bizimle paylaşmanızı rica ederiz, örneğin işaret dili çevirisi vb. ihtiyaçlar için…

Atölye ve sunum sürecinde Koronavirüsün yayılmasını engellemek adına tüm hijyen önlemleri uygulanacaktır. Katılımcıların tümü kamusal alanlarda performans sergileme imkânına sahip olacak ve atölyenin çıktıları, dokümantasyon görüntülerinin de yer aldığı halka açık bir söyleşi formatında kamuoyuna sunulacak ve Misplaced Women? sanat projesinin proje blogu ile proje arşivine dâhil edilecek.


Atölye: 7-9 Eylül Salı, Çarşamba ve Perşembe. 11:00-17:00 arası (Molalar dâhil). İlk toplantı ve tanışma Performistanbul’un Galata’daki binasında, geri kalan atölye ve performanslar ise İstanbul’un çeşitli semtlerinde gerçekleşecek. 

25 Eylül Cumartesi günü saat 17:30’da Beykoz Kundura Sinema’sında izleyicilerin de katılabileceği, atölye sunumları hakkında katılımcılarla söyleşi gerçekleştirilecek.

Başvurular için son tarih Salı günü, 31 Ağustos 2021.

Başvuranlara en geç 6 Eylül tarihine kadar bilgi verilecektir.

Atölye ve başvuru hakkında detaylı bilgileri aşağıda bulabilirsiniz:

Sanatçı ve Atölye Yürütücüsü Hakkında:

Tanja Ostojić 1972 yılında Yugoslavya’da dünyaya geldi. Disiplinlerarası çalışan performans sanatçısı. Uluslararası platformda kurumsal cinsiyet eleştirisi alanının öncülerinden olan sanatçı, toplumsal ve siyasal katılım temelli feminist sanat ve kamusal alanda sanat çalışmalarıyla tanınmaktadır. Sanatsal çalışmaları üst düzey teorik referanslar içermekte olup, çok sayıda kitap, dergi ve antolojide incelendi. The Guardian tarafından yakın zamanda Looking for a Husband with EU Passport (2000-05) çalışması ile 21. yüzyılın en iyi 25 sanatçısı arasına seçildi.

Ostojić, Sırbistan’da Belgrad Sanat Üniversitesi’nde Heykel, Fransa’da École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Nantes’ta Serbest Sanat öğrenimi gördü, Universität der Künste Berlin’de disiplinlerarası araştırmalar alanında Albert Einstein araştırma bursu kapsamında çalışmalarını sürdürdü (2012-14). Çeşitli bağışlar ve ödüller aldı; 1994’ten beri performansları ve sanat eserleri dünya çapında birçok önemli sanat mekanına ve festivale ulaştı. Eserleri önemli müze koleksiyonlarının bir parçasıdır, Avrupa ve Amerika çevresindeki akademik konferanslarda ve sanat üniversitelerinde konuşmalar, konferanslar, seminerler ve atölyeler vermiştir.

Tanja Ostojić Haziran ile Eylül 2021 tarihleri arasında Tarabya Kültür Akademisi konuk sanatçısı olarak İstanbul’da bulunuyor.

Atölye Hakkında:

Mis(s)placed Women? projesi, kamusal bir alanda bavul, poşet, el çantası ya da benzeri bir nesnenin içinin açılarak boşaltılmasını içerirken bu nesneler yoluyla geçici ve süreli göçmenlerin, evsizlerin, savaş ve doğal afet mültecilerinin günlük deneyimlerinde yaygın bir tema olan yerinden edilme hâlini temsil ediyor. Atölye, katılımcıları bu konularla ilişki kurdurarak, onları tartışmaya açmaya ve çeşitli kamusal alanlarda müdahalelerde bulunmaya teşvik etmeyi amaçlıyor.

Atölyenin ilk bölümü, bir araya gelme, bilgilendirme ve iletişim kurmayı içeriyor; bu sayede katılımcılar bireysel deneyimleri ile projenin amaçları hakkında birbirleriyle fikir alışverişinde bulunabiliyor.

İkinci bölüm sürecinde katılımcılar, İstanbul’un sokak, park ve istasyonlarında canlı performanslar ile müdahaleler gerçekleştirmeye teşvik edilip destekleniyor. Halka açık olan performanslarla  atölye süreci, profesyonel fotoğraf ve video ekibi tarafından belgelenecek.

Atölyenin dördüncü gününde, Beykoz Kundura’nın Sinema’sında atölye çalışmalarından kesitler izleyicilere sunulacak. Atölyenin tüm katılımcıları sunuma ve sonrasında gerçekleşecek olan söyleşiye etkin olarak katılmaya davetlidir.

Atölyenin dokümantasyonu, notları, yazılı metinleri ile yansımaları Performistanbul tarafından toplandıktan sonra editlenmiş ve çevrilmiş hâliyle Mis(s)placed Women? sitesinde yayınlanacak.  

Nasıl başvurulur:

Atölye, sürecin tamamına katılmayı kabul eden, tüm yaş, cinsiyet, köken sosyal çevre gruplarından, deneyim seviyesi gözetmeksizin herkese açıktır. Katılımınız için özel gereksiniminiz olması durumunda, motivasyon mektubunda konuyu bildirmenizi rica ederiz.

Atölye ücretsiz olup, sınırlı sayıda yer olması nedeniyle ilgilenen kişilerin katılmak için başvuru yapmasını rica ediyoruz. Başvurmak için, başvuru formunu doldurabilir veya kısa motivasyon mektubunuz ile biyografinizi içeren metinleri misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org adresine gönderilebilir. Kişisel bilgilerinizle – eğer varsa – internet sitenizi de paylaştığınız bilgilere ekleyebilirsiniz. 

Atölye Tarihleri:

Atölye: 7-9 Eylül Salı, Çarşamba ve Perşembe. İstanbul’un farklı semtlerinde 11:00-17:00 arası (Molalar dâhil).

Atölye sonuçları ve halka açık sunum: 25 Eylül Cumartesi, 17:30

Başvurular için son tarih Salı günü 31 Ağustos 2021.

Başvuranlara en geç 6 Eylül tarihine kadar bilgi verilecektir.

İlave linkler:

Misplaced Women? project

Misplaced Women? Video Channel 

Tanja Ostojić, books


Tarabya Cultural Academy/ Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Tarabya Kültür Akademisi 

Tüm sorularınız için lütfen iletişime geçiniz:misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org


Open Call: Mis(s)placed Women? Ein Performance-Workshop im öffentlichen Raum Istanbuls von Tanja Ostojić

Open Call für die Teilnahme am 4-tägigen Performance-Kunst-Workshop Mis(s)placed Women? mit Tanja Ostojić, der vom 7. bis 9. September 2021 an verschiedenen öffentlichen Orten in Istanbul stattfinden wird. Der Workshop wird organisiert von der internationalen Performance-Kunst-Plattform Performistanbul in Zusammenarbeit mit der Kulturakademie Tarabya, gefolgt von einer öffentlichen Präsentation der Ergebnisse im Beykoz Kundura Cinema am Samstag, den 25. September. Der Workshop findet während Ostojićs Aufenthalt an der Kulturakademie Tarabya statt und erforscht Praktiken und Vorgehensweisen der Live Art in Zusammenhang mit individuellen Erfahrungen der Vertreibung im weitesten Sinne. Bewerbungsschluss ist Dienstag, der 31. August 2021.

Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign: Taxi driver holding the Misplaced Women? sign on the Istanbul International Airport.
June 1, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić 

Mis(s)placed Women?  ist ein von Tanja Ostojić 2009 begonnenes Kunstprojekt, das aus Performances, Performance-Serien, Workshops und Performances von Künstler:innen aus aller Welt mit Menschen unterschiedlichster Herkunft verwirklicht wird. Im Rahmen dieses Projekts werden alltägliche Aktivitäten von Menschen die Vertreibung erlebt haben verkörpert und gezeigt  VonMigrant:innen, Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtlinge, ebenso wie genderqueeren Menschen, Obdachlosen, Menschen auf der Durchreise… und die durch die Welt reisenden Künstler:innen, die so ihren Lebensunterhalt bestreitenDiePerformances setzen sich mit Themen der Migration und der Beziehungen von Macht und Verletzlichkeit hinsichtlich des bewegten und insbesondere des weiblichen Körpers auseinander, ein Aspekt, der bereits in zahlreichen früheren Arbeiten von Ostojić eine tragende Rolle spielte.

Teilnehmende jeder Herkunft, aller Altersgruppen, Genders und Erfahrungsgrade sind herzlich eingeladen sich zu bewerben. Wir möchten insbesondere diejenigen ermutigen teilzunehmen, die sich für Fragen der Migration, Performance-Kunst, Bedingungen für diejenigen, die sich als Frauen identifizieren, Darstellungen von Geschlecht und Kunst im öffentlichen Raum interessieren. Die Teilnehmenden sind eingeladen und dazu angehalten, Erfahrungen und Themen wie Migration, Marginalisierung, Vertreibung, Ausgesetztheit und Privilegien zu erörtern und auszutauschen sowie einige der Misplaced Women? Performances zu erarbeiten. Der Workshop ist kostenlos, für Erfrischungen und eine leichte Mahlzeit ist gesorgt, eine professionelle Foto- und Videodokumentation der Arbeiten der Teilnehmenden wird ebenfalls zur Verfügung gestellt. Da die Anzahl der Plätze begrenzt ist, bitten wir Sie, sich anzumelden. Der Workshop wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten; teilen Sie uns in Ihrem Motivationsschreiben bitte etwaige besondere Bedürfnisse mit, damit wir versuchen können, Übersetzungen für z. B. sehbehinderte Personen und Gebärdensprache für hörgeschädigte Teilnehmende etc. anzubieten.

Während des Workshops und der Präsentation werden alle erforderlichen Hygienemaßnahmen zum Schutz vor der Verbreitung des Coronavirus befolgt. Alle Teilnehmenden werden die Möglichkeit haben, im öffentlichen Raum zu performen, und die Ergebnisse werden der Öffentlichkeit in Form eines Publikumsgesprächs in Verbindung mit Bildmaterial präsentiert und in den Blog des Projekts Misplaced Women? sowie in das Projektarchiv aufgenommen.


Workshop: Dienstag, Mittwoch und Donnerstag, 7. bis 9. September. Von 11:00 bis 17:00 Uhr (einschließlich Pausen). Das erste Treffen und die Einführungssession finden im Gebäude von Performistanbul in Galata statt, der Rest des Workshops und die Performances werden in verschiedenen Vierteln Istanbuls durchgeführt.

Ein Gespräch über die Ergebnisse des Workshops mit den Teilnehmenden und der Öffentlichkeit findet am Samstag, den 25. September um 17:30 Uhr im Beykoz Kundura Cinema statt.

Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am Dienstag, den 31. August 2021.

Alle Bewerber:innen werden bis spätestens 6. September benachrichtigt.

Nachstehend finden Sie weitere Informationen über den Workshop und die Bewerbungsmodalitäten:

Über die Künstlerin und Workshopleiterin:

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) ist eine renommierte, in Berlin lebende, in Jugoslawien geborene Performance- und interdisziplinäre Künstlerin, die auch in den Bereichen Forschung und Bildung tätig ist. Sie ist international bekannt als Pionierin der institutionellen Geschlechterkritik und der sozial und politisch engagierten feministischen Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, insbesondere im Kontext von Migrations- und Genderfragen. Ihre Kunstwerke haben einen hohen theoretischen Referenzgrad und wurden in zahlreichen Büchern, Zeitschriften und Anthologien besprochen und veröffentlicht. Der British Guardian bezeichnete Ostojić kürzlich als eine der 25 besten Künstler des 21. Jahrhunderts und würdigte damit ihr Projekt “Looking for a Husband with EU Passport” (2000-05).

Ostojić studierte an der Universität der Künste Belgrad und der École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Nantes, während sie 2012-14 Stipendiatin an der Graduiertenschule für die Künste und Wissenschaften an der Universität der Künste Berlin war. Sie hat etliche Stipendien und Preise erhalten; ihre Performances und Ausstellungskunstwerke haben sie seit 1994 zu zahlreichen wichtigen Kunststätten und Festivals weltweit geführt. Ihre Werke sind Teil bedeutender Museumssammlungen, sie hat Vorträge, Vorlesungen, Seminare und Workshops auf wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen und an Kunsthochschulen in Europa sowie in Nord- und Südamerika gehalten. 

Ostojić ist derzeit Stipendiatin der Kulturakademie Tarabya in Istanbul (Juni-September 2021).

Über den Workshop:

Das Projekt Mis(s)placed Women?  beinhaltet das Auspacken eines Koffers, einer Plastiktüte, einer Handtasche oder eines ähnlichen Objekts im öffentlichen Raum, wobei diese Objekte für das Thema Vertreibung stehen, das in den alltäglichen Erfahrungen von Transitreisenden, Migrant:innen, Obdachlosen, Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtigen vorkommt. Der Workshop zielt darauf ab, die Teilnehmenden mit den Themen vertraut zu machen und Diskussionen und Interventionen in der Vielfalt des öffentlichen Raums anzuregen.

Der erste Teil des Workshops umfasst ein Kennenlernen, Informieren und Kommunizieren, wobei sich die Teilnehmenden über individuelle Erfahrungen und die Ziele des Projekts austauschen sollen.

Während des zweiten Teils werden die Teilnehmenden ermutigt und dabei unterstützt, Live-Performances und Interventionen in den Straßen, Parks und Bahnhöfen Istanbuls zu verwirklichen. Die öffentlichen Performances und der Workshopverlauf werden von einem professionellen Foto- und Videoteam dokumentiert.

Die Ergebnisse des Workshops werden zwei wochen später im Beykoz-Kundura Cinema der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Alle Teilnehmenden des Workshops sind herzlich eingeladen, sich aktiv an dieser Präsentation und der anschließenden Diskussion zu beteiligen.

Die Dokumentation, die Aufzeichnungen, die gesammelten Texte und die Reflexionen des Workshops werden von Performistanbul zusammengetragen und später bearbeitet, übersetzt und auf der Webseite des Projekts Mis(s)placed Women? veröffentlicht und werden Teil des Projektarchivs, das dem Publikum über Ausstellungen zugänglich gemacht wird. 

Wie Sie sich bewerben können:

Wir bitten Teilnehmende zu gewährleisten, dass sie an allen Terminen des Workshops und der Dokumentation anwesend sein können. Wir freuen uns auch über Interessent:innen mit jeglicher Art von Beeinträchtigung. Bitte geben Sie in Ihrer Bewerbung etwaige besondere Anforderungen an.

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Routine by Mia Bradić

In Bus-stations, Performances, Split, Workshops on May 16, 2021 at 9:05 pm

Mia Bradić performed a very playful improvisation entitled: Routine, starting from the Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own on the bus stop next to Saint Francis Church in Split, on April 7, 2021, in the frame of Misplaced Women? Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić.

[Translation to Croatian is below]


Contribution by Mia Bradić

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

When I was preparing for the second day of the workshop, I packed with the intention of collecting things that I interacted with in the past few days. The idea for the performance to occur on the bus stop came naturally to me, because I spend a lot of my daily time waiting for, inside, or chasing buses due to the circular migration. 

The performance itself was over 15 minutes long improvisation. I was only certain of the objects packed in my backpack and that I wanted to use the circus discipline of contortion as a guide for my movement. As a young circus artist, I cannot get professional circus education in Croatia and will have to leave my country (but also friends and family, culture, language…) to pursue my dreams. However, I am already living through this kind of scenario on a micro level. The town of some 25 000 citizens where I live, Solin, prides itself of being the town with the most children per capita in Croatia, but at the same time, it has no content for young people, including the non-existence of a high school. That’s why I have to travel every day, spending hours in traffic, because my education, training and pretty much all activities are happening in Split. 

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

In fact, my everyday backpack looks similar to the one I used in the performance, overflowing with stuff. It was a nice experience to connect my daily routine to a bigger picture of packing and leaving my current life behind, which I will be experiencing in just a few months, and it felt healing to use this performance to express my disappointment with the lack of resources for young people in Croatia and the general under-appreciation of (circus) artists in our society, which both affect my reality and, among other things, my decision to leave. 

I was not surprised by the lack of interest from the people passing next to the bus stop, mostly because performances in public spaces are very rare in Split, and people are not used to this format and the role they could potentially play in it. I think for the participants and organisers of the workshop who were also the biggest audience for my performance, the most interesting interaction was the one of a probably homeless man stopping for a moment, almost as if I’m in his spot or as if he is trying to see if he knows me. At the end of the performance, the lady who got out of the bus on this stop advised me to get my picnic blanket of the floor, so it doesn’t get dirty, but she said it in a very caring way, which made me happy. 

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

I have also just now, three weeks later, while watching the video of my performance, noticed a really interesting link between advertisements placed in the bus stop, which are focused on commercially exploiting women’s desire to look good (often only in the ways that are considered socially acceptable), and me putting clothes on myself in unanticipated ways, as well as putting on mascara in those clothes.

I’ve previously participated in workshops that required the participants to perform in the public space, but this one felt different because of the focus being put on the misplacement of women, and the fact that I was performing in what is practically my hometown — in a space that is an important part of my everyday life. I was also very much inspired by all the performances from other participants and the dialogue we had about the position of women in our society and the role of misplacement has in shaping our identities. 

I was honoured to perform earlier that day alongside Alejandra while Tanja was talking about her own experiences in which she managed to escape rape and sexual assault. As a feminist and an ambassador of an organisation which focuses on eradicating violence against women and girls, I regularly hear stories like hers, often ending even worse for the survivor. Yet, before this performance, I haven’t explored it artistically. While performing, I was carefully listening to Tanja’s words, I tried to imagine myself in her place and I let the emotions caused by this lead my movement. The space where we performed was also very symbolic, because these kind of stories are, in most cases, distorted in the media and the survivor, if she chooses to step forward, often doesn’t have any control of the narrative. In this piece, I felt Tanja was having full control over her story and in that sense, it felt like the story wasn’t just hers, but of all women who experienced rape and sexual assault, and who could, through Tanja, claim their power back.

About the contributor:

My name is Mia Bradić and I’m an 18-year-old circus artist from Croatia. For the past 11 years, I have been learning aerial skills (hoop, silks and trapeze) in Cirkus Kolektiv (Split), where I now teach aerial silks to children and adults. Contortion is also a circus skill I have been practicing for the past three years in Room100 (Split). I’m very passionate about creating positive change in the world, even if it’s small-scale. That’s why I became a Fridays for Future member working on climate justice, WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) Youth Ambassador, and I have created a project “Leave a mark”, which connects the topics of gender equality and art through workshops for young teenage girls. 

Text written in English and translated to Croatian by Mia Bradić

Edited and First Published by Tanja Ostojić on the Misplaced Women? Project Blog, May 2021.

Photos: Tanja Ostojić 

Video recording & editing: Andrea Resner

This performance has been developed and realised in the frame of Misplaced Women? Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić, in Split, April 6-8, 2021. 

Organised by Culture Hub Croatia in the frame of Voids2021 

Production: Misplaced Women? Project, ongoing since 2009

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić


Please see other posts from Split and this workshop:

Misplaced Latina? by Alejandra Robles Sosa

Feminism Forgives by Ines Borovac 

Misplaced Women? Misplaced Organization? by Culture Hub Croatia

#NismoSamoUkras by Lissette Nicole Josseau

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić


Mia Bradić (miacircus)

7. 4. 2021., Split, autobusna stanica pokraj Crkve svetog Frane; trajanje: 15 minuta

Kad sam se pripremala za dan pred sobom, spakirala sam se s namjerom da skupljam stvari s kojima sam bila u doticaju proteklih dana. Ideja da se performans odvije na autobusnoj stanici došla mi je prirodno, jer mnogo svog svakodnevnog vremena provodim u čekanju, unutar ili u potjeri za autobusima. Sama izvedba bila je gotovo u potpunosti improvizirana, bila sam samo sigurna za predmete spakirane u ruksak i da želim koristiti cirkusku disciplinu kontorcionizma kao vodič u kretanju. Kao mlada cirkuska umjetnica, u Hrvatskoj ne mogu steći profesionalno cirkusko obrazovanje i morat ću napustiti svoju zemlju (ali i prijatelje i obitelj, kulturu, jezik…) kako bih ostvarila svoje snove. Međutim, već proživljavam sličan scenarij na mikro razini. Grad s oko 25 000 građana u kojem živim, Solin, ponosi se time što je grad s najviše djece po glavi stanovnika u Hrvatskoj, ali u isto vrijeme nema sadržaja za mlade, uključujući nepostojanje srednjih škola. Zbog toga moram putovati svaki dan, provodeći sate u prometu, jer se moje obrazovanje, osposobljavanje i gotovo sve aktivnosti događaju u Splitu. Zapravo, moj svakodnevni ruksak izgleda slično onom koji sam koristila u izvedbi, natrpan stvarima. Bilo je lijepo iskustvo povezati svoju svakodnevicu s većom slikom pakiranja i ostavljanja trenutnog života iza sebe, koji ću proživjeti za samo nekoliko mjeseci, i bilo mi je ljekovito koristiti ovu izvedbu kako bih izrazila svoje razočaranje nedostatkom resursa za mlade u Hrvatskoj i općenito podcijenjenost (cirkuskih) umjetnika u našem društvu, što utječe na moju stvarnost i, između ostalog, na moju odluku da odem.

Prije sam sudjelovala u radionicama koje su zahtijevale da sudionici nastupaju u javnom prostoru, ali tijekom ove sam se osjećala drugačije zbog fokusa koji je stavljen na Misplaced – zagubljene žene i činjenice da sam praktički nastupala u svom rodnom gradu – u prostoru koji je važan dio moje svakodnevice. Također, nadahnule su me  performansi drugih sudionica, kao i dijalog koji smo vodile, o položaju žena u našem društvu i ulozi te “misplaced” pozicije u oblikovanju našeg identiteta.

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Bila mi je čast zajedno s Tanjom i Alejandrom biti dio performansa u kojem Tanja govori o svojim iskustvima u kojima je uspjela izbjeći silovanja i seksualno nasilje. Kao feministkinja i ambasadorica organizacije s ciljem zaustavljanja nasilja nad ženama i djevojčicama, redovno čujem priče kao što je njena, a mnoge od njih često završe još gore za žrtvu. Usprkos tome, do sada ovu temu nisam intenzivnije umjetnički istraživala. Tijekom izvedbe pozorno sam slušala Tanjine riječi, pokušala sam zamisliti sebe na njenom mjestu i voditi se pokretom emocija koje su se budile u meni. Mjesto performansa je također bilo vrlo simbolično jer ovakve priče, u većini slučajeva, budu iskrivljene u medijima i žrtva koja odluči istupiti često nema kontrolu nad svojom pričom. Osjećala sam da Tanja u ovoj izvedbi ima potpunu kontrolu nad svojom pričom I, na taj način, priča nije samo njena, već je priča svih žena koje su preživjele silovanje i seksualno nasilje i koje su kroz Tanju mogle preuzeti svoju moć natrag.

Routine by Mia Bradić, Misplaced Women? Workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Zovem se Mia Bradić i 18godišnja sam cirkuska umjetnica iz Hrvatske. Posljednjih 11 godina učim zračne vještine (obruč, svila i trapez) u Cirkusu Kolektivu (Split), gdje sada podučavam ples na svili djeci i odraslima. Kontorcionizam je također cirkuska vještina kojom se bavim posljednje tri godine u Room100 (Split). Jako sam strastvena u stvaranju pozitivnih promjena u svijetu, čak i ako su male. Zbog toga sam postala članicom Fridays for Future-a koji radi na klimatskoj pravdi, ambasadorica sam mladih mreže WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) i osmislila sam projekt „oSTAVi trag“ koji povezuje teme rodne ravnopravnosti i umjetnosti kroz radionice za mlade djevojke.

Feminism Forgives

In Performances, Split on May 5, 2021 at 11:01 pm

Ines Borovac developed and performed for the first time Feminism Forgives in front of the Saint Domnius Cathedral in Split on April 7, 2021, in the frame of Misplaced Women? workshop led by Tanja Ostojić, inviting the audience to embody sexually liberated Mary Magdalene, the role of institutionally stigmatised woman and the unexplored powers she carries…

Feminism Forgives

Contribution by Ines Borovac 

During my adolescence age, I have been faithfully attending the Sunday mass as considering myself Christian. Unfortunately, my approach towards Church was superficial at a time. Looking at it now, it is clear I was motivated by the lack of religious diversity in my social and family circle. I didn’t pay much attention to what the priest was saying nor applying or understanding the ideology of the Christian community as much. Nonetheless, my physical presence was soaking up the Christian ideologies, more then I wanted and could control. The influence was undeniably present inside of my body. Entering the sexual awakening as a teenager, I was a little bit disappointed. The intensity of the sexual desire was not as expected, on the contrary, it was barely present. Whereas, when the desire would appear, it would come in bursts and would make me feel uncomfortable, dirty and guilty for feeling the pleasure I was allowed to feel.

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić
Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Croatia is still a religiously homogenous country where more than 90 percent of the population is identifying as Christian, not leaving the young generations much space to explore and own their body and identity. Thus, the performative piece is inviting the audience to identify with the character of sexually liberated Mary Magdalene. With the symbolic gesture of washing the feet (just like Mary Magdalene did to Jesus when she was asking for redemption for her sins), performative act is inviting the audience to embody the role of institutionally stigmatized woman and the unexplored power she carries. Contrary to the Biblical story, the audience was not washing the feet of the forgiver’s body (Jesus) but mine, feminist body with the red letters written on my chest saying “feminism forgives”. Wearing nothing but a skirt and bra, I set exposing my feminine vulnerability radiating the motherly strength of understanding and care. Therefore, instead of begging for forgiveness, with the gesture of washing the feet of the misplaced feminist body, I took a role of the medium through which one is encouraged for the “sins”, opposite to the atonement and change.

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

The performative act took place in front of one of the oldest churches in the region, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (Katedrala Svetog Duje) on April 7, 2021. The performance lasted 30-40 minutes, influenced by the weather conditions, cold wind, low temperatures and very cold stone ground, my wet feet were lying on. I could not help but notice that the people leaving or entering the Cathedral were ignoring the performance, acting like it wasn’t happening (avoiding the eye contact and bypassing), – which could be seen as denying such realities and rejecting liberated female bodies from the Christian community, labelling them as marginalised bodies. Parents were turning away their curious children looks or even changing the walking route not to confront the performance. Ironically, while I was taking off my clothes, the male passers stopped to observe and show interest, showing us the transparency of the patriarchal culture in Croatia. Apart from female participants of the workshop, there were other brave woman who challenged their inner Mary Magdalene and participated in activation the performance. At this point the performance expanded from the workshop circle towards the interaction with other bodies, making me endlessly happy.

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Video: Andrea Resner

On this occasion, I would like to thank all the women who’ve embraced Mary Magdalene during the performance (Kristina Tešija, Lissette Nicole Josseau, Alejandra Robles Sosa, Jasmina Šarić, a group of South-American tourist girls, Tanja Ostojić, Mia Bradić, Neli Ružić…) and the ones who are still carrying and searching for her inside themselves. Thank you Tanja Ostojić for holding the workshop and all the other beautiful participants I met; Culture Hub Croatia girls for organisation and confronting the Split with such topics; Andrea Resner for commitment and creation of the digital archive.

Ines Borovac (b.1996) is a student at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) where she is enrolled on the Masters program of Social Design. In her design work, she is often working with performance and body as the locus for social change and critique. Ines is currently working on her thesis project where she is researching the topic of patriarchy in Croatia, performativity of the patriarchal values and Croatian traditional dance. She holds a bachelor degree from the School of Design, Zagreb

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Text written by: Ines Borovac

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić on the Misplaced Women? Project Blog, May 4, 2021

Translation from English to Croatian (see below): Ines Borovac

Copy editing: Cultural Hub Croatia (CHC)

This performance has been developed and performed for the first time in the frame of Misplaced Women? workshop led by Tanja Ostojić, in Split, April 6-8, 2021. 

Performed by: Ines Borovac

Performance assistance: Alejandra Robles Sosa

Photos: Tanja Ostojić and Neli Ružić

Video recording & editing: Andrea Resner

Hosted and organised by CHC in the frame of Voids2021 

Production: Misplaced Women? Project, ongoing since 2009

Instagram: @lochnesi

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Croatian/ HR PRIJEVOD 

Lokacija: Katedrala Svetog Duje

Feminizam oprašta

Tijekom adolescentske dobi vjerno sam prisustvovala nedjeljnim misama. Smatrala sam se  kršćankom, ali, nažalost, moj pristup prema Crkvi bio je površan. Gledajući to sada, jasno je da me je motivirao nedostatak vjerske raznolikosti u mom društvenom i obiteljskom krugu. Nisam obraćala mnogo pažnje na to što svećenik govori, niti primjenjivala ili razumijevala ideologiju kršćanske zajednice. Unatoč tomu, moja fizička prisutnost upijala je kršćanske ideologije više nego što sam htjela i mogla kontrolirati. Utjecaj je nedvojbeno bio prisutan unutar moga tijela. Doživjevši seksualno buđenje kao tinejdžerica, bila sam pomalo razočarana. Intenzitet seksualne želje nije bio onakav kakav sam očekivala, već naprotiv, bio je jedva prisutan. Kada bi želje došla u valovima, osjećala bih se nelagodno, prljavo i krivo zbog osjećaja užitka koji mi je bio dozvoljen. 

Hrvatska je još uvijek vjerski homogena zemlja u kojoj se više od 90 posto stanovništva identificira pripadnicima kršćanske religije, a to mladim generacijama ne ostavlja puno prostora za istraživanje i posjedovanje vlastitih tijela i identiteta. Dakle, ovaj performans poziva publiku da se identificira s likom seksualno oslobođene Marije Magdalene. Simboličnom gestom pranja nogu (baš kao što je to učinila Marija Magdalena Isusu kad je tražila iskupljenje za svoje grijehe), performativni čin poziva publiku da utjelovi ulogu institucionalno žigosane žene i neistražene moći koju ona nosi. Suprotno biblijskoj priči, publika nije prala stopala tijela onomu koji oprašta (Isusu), već feminističkom tijelu (autorici) kojem je na grudima napisano “feminizam oprašta”. Noseći samo suknju i grudnjak, otkrila sam svoju žensku ranjivost zračeći majčinskom snagom razumijevanja i brige. Stoga, umjesto da moli za oprost, gestom pranja nogu mog “misplaced” feminističkog tijela, sam utjelovila medij kroz kojeg se potiče na “grijehe”, suprotno pokajanju i promjeni.

Performans se odvio ispred jedne od najstarijih splitskih katedrala, Katedrale svetog Duje, 7. travnja 2021. Trajao je 30-40 minuta zbog vremenskih neprilika poput hladnog vjetra, niskih temperatura i iznimno hladnog kamena na kojem su stajala moja mokra stopala. Nisam mogla ne primjetiti da su ljudi koji su ulazili ili izlazili iz katedrale ignorirali perfromans ponašajuci se kao da se ne odvija (izbjegavanje kontakta očima i zaobilaženje mog tijela) što može ukazati na njihovo nijekanje sličnih stvarnosti i odbacivanje oslobođenih ženskih tijela od strane krščanske zajednice označavajući ih kao maginalizirana tijela. Roditelji sa djecom su sklanjala znatiželjne poglede svoje djece ili čak promijenili rutu svog kretanja da izbjegnu prostor performansa. Ironično, dok sam skidala odjeću, muški prolaznici bi se zaustavilis ciljem da promatraju te su pokazali zainteresiranost ukazujući na transparentnost patrijahalne kulture u Hrvatskoj. Nakon što sam se smjestila na stolac i pozvala publiku na sudjelovanje, osim sudionica radionice u performansu su sudjelovale ostale hrabre žene i izazvale unutarnju Mariju Magdalenu. U ovom trenutku perfomans je izišao iz kruga radionice u interakciju s ostalim tijelima što me je učinilo neimjerno sretnom. 

Ines Borovac: “Feminism Forgives” Misplaced Women? workshop Split, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Ovom prilikom želim zahvaliti svim ženama koje su prigrlile Mariju Magdalenu tijekom nastupa i onima koje je još uvijek nose i traže u sebi. Hvala Tanji Ostojić na održavanju radionice i svim ostalim lijepim sudionicima koje sam upoznala; curama iz Culture Hub Croatia za organizaciju i suočavanje Splita sa sličnim temama; Andrei Resner za angažman i stvaranje digitalne arhive.

Ines Borovac (1996) studentica je Akademije za dizajn u Eindhovenu (NL) gdje je upisana na Masters program Socijalnog Dizajna. U svom dizajnerskom radu često radi s performansom i tijelom kao mjestom društvenih promjena i kritike. Ines trenutno radi na svom diplomskom radu u kojem istražuje temu patrijarhata u Hrvatskoj te performativnosti patrijarhalnih vrijednosti unutar hrvatskog tradicionalnog plesa. Preddiplomski studij završila je na Studiju dizajna u Zagrebu, smjer Produkt dizajn.

#NismoSamoUkras by Lissette Nicole Josseau, Riva, Split

In Split, Workshops on April 30, 2021 at 6:16 pm

Lissette Nicole Josseau performed #NismoSamoUkras/#WeAreNotJustDecoration performance intervention on the Riva in Split, on April 7, 2021 in the frame of Misplaced Women? Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić

Lissette Nicole Josseau: #NismoSamoUkras/#WeAreNotJustDecoration, Riva, Split, 2001.  Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Photo: Tanja Ostojić


Contribution by Lissette Nicole Josseau

My name is Nicole and my performance was on the Riva in Split, during the morning hours, when a lot of people are drinking coffee, sunbathing and taking a walk. I realised this performance in Tanja’s workshop Misplaced Women? and the other participants of the workshop took part in it, including: Kristina Tešija, Jasmina Šarić, Ines Borovac, Alejandra Robles Sosa, Neli Ružić, Tanja Ostojić…

I wanted to stop on the Riva and take off everything from me that I bought as an “accessory” in terms of all stuff that was not me, except the clothes I wasn’t ready to take off. I’ve put a piece of cloth on the floor and threw my bag, lipstick, glasses, a book, earrings, mascara, a ring and then the other women and girls gave up some of their things as well. 

Those days I was withdrawn, quiet, and maybe that’s why the idea of ​​”accessories”, “decoration” came to me very spontaneously. It was good that I got dressed without thinking that morning, just to have something on and go to the workshop, so I felt the most comfortable, which was great, because the essence of my performance was that very often women are considered as some kind of a decoration, throwing goods, jewelry, make-up, shoes, scarves, “titles” at us, which we didn’t even ask for; and all that to decorate a place next to a man. So, that was the topic of my fight on the Riva. I wanted to talk to people passing by, but they very skillfully ignored me, as if I wasn’t there, as if they didn’t care. I even met two of my friends, but they didn’t even ask what I was doing there. 

I wanted to ask people what they thought about it, was imagining myself asking elderly couples if the man knew his wife’s dreams, or what they wanted to be when they were little, or what they like to do the most, but unfortunately no one came to talk to me, except my workshop colleagues with whom I had a nice exchange.

Lissette Nicole Josseau: #NismoSamoUkras/#WeAreNotJustDecoration, Riva, Split, 2001.  Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Photo: Andrea Resner

I was standing on the Riva, the biggest catwalk in the whole Balkans for aproximately 20 minutes and no one even looked at me, as I was not overdressed as expected there. I even added #nismosamoukras (#WeAreNotJustDecoration) which I will probably continue using, and everyone who feels that way, please accept my invitation to continue and expand on it.

Lissette Nicole Josseau (b.1983) is an interior designer born in Chile, who currently lives and works in Split. In her own words: In myself I hold some kind of a mixture of blood, love everything that is different and has a positive impact on people’s lives. I’m decorating interiors, love colours and textures. I feel very good in the forest. I love people, but I also enjoy moments for myself. I come from a distant Patagonia having Croatian and Swiss roots. From a very early age I became interested in improving living spaces, first as a self-thought and later exploring and improving skills on the studies of Interirior Design in Spain

Lissette Nicole Josseau: #NismoSamoUkras/#WeAreNotJustDecoration, Riva, Split, 2001. Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Photo: Neli Ružić

Text written by: Lissette Nicole Josseau

Edited and first published by: Tanja Ostojić on the Misplaced Women? Project Blog, April 2021.

Proofreading and translation from Croatian: Culture Hub Croatia /T. Ostojić

Photos: Tanja Ostojić, Neli Ružić, Andrea Resner

Video recording & editing: Andrea Resner

This performance has been developed & performed for the first time in the frame of Misplaced Women? Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić, in Split, Croatia, April 6-8, 2021. 

Hosted and organised by Culture Hub Croatia in the frame of Voids2021 

Production: Misplaced Women? Project, ongoing since 2009

Lissette Nicole Josseau: #NismoSamoUkras/#WeAreNotJustDecoration, Riva, Split, 2001.  Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Original text in Croatian / Originalni tekst na hrvatskom

Moje ime je Nicole i moj performans održao se na rivi u Splitu, u prijepodnevnim satima, kada dosta ljudi pijucka kavu, sunča se i šeta. Napravila sam ovaj performans u sklopu Tanjine radionice Misplaced Women? i u njemu su sudjelovale ostale sudionice radionice među kojima su bile i: Kristinu Tešlija, Jasmina Šarić, Ines Borovac, Alejandra Robles Sosa, Neli Ružić, Tanja Ostojić…

Odlučila sam stajati na rivi i skidati sa sebe sve što sam kupila kao „dodatak“, tj. sve ono što nisam ja, osim odjeće koju nisam bila spremna skinuti. Stavila sam komad tkanine na pod i bacila na njega torbu, ruž, naočale, knjigu, naušnice, maskaru, prsten… A zatim su i ostale cure isto tako ostavile svoje stvari. 

Tih dana sam bila povučena, tiha, i možda mi je upravo zato vrlo spontano došla ideja o „dodacima“, „ukrasima“. Još je bilo dobro što sam se upravo tog dana odjenula bez razmišljanja, “čisto da imam nešto na sebi”, i krenula na radionicu, tako da sam izgledala i osjećala se komotno, što je bilo super jer bit mog performansa je da ukaže kako se vrlo često žene smatraju nekakvim ukrasa, na njih se “baca” odjeća, nakit, šminka, cipele, marame, „titule“, koje nismo ni tražile, a sve to s ciljem da ukrasimo mjesto pokraj jednog muškarca, i protiv toga je bila moja borba na rivi. Htjela sam komunicirati s ljudima, ali vrlo vješto su me ignorirali, kao da nisam tu, kao da se njih to ne tiče. Čak sam srela dvoje poznatih ljudi, ali nisu ni pitali što to radim tu. Zamišljala sam da pitam ljude što misle o tome, zaustaviti stare parove i pitati muškarce znaju li snove svoje žene, ili što su htjele biti kada su bile male, ili što najviše vole raditi, ali, nažalost, nitko nije došao pričati sa mnom, jedino moje kolegice iz radionice.

Stajala sam na rivi, najvećoj modnoj pisti na cijelom Balkanu, oko 20 minuta a nitko me nije ni pogledao jer se nisam namjestila po njihovim standardima. Još sam dodala #nismosamoukras koji ću vjerojatno i nastaviti koristiti, a pozivam sve koji se budu tako osjećali, da i oni koriste ovaj tag. Dajem dopuštenje da se ideja širi dalje. 

O autorici:

Lissette Nicole Josseau (r. 1983) je dizajnerica interijera rodom iz Čilea koja živi i radi u Splitu. Kako sama kaže: “U sebi držim neku mješavinu krvi, volim sve što je drugačije i što ima dobar utjecaj na ljudske živote. Radim dekoraciju interijera, volim boje i teksture. Osjećam se jako dobro u šumi. Volim ljude, ali obožavam svoje solo trenutke. Dolazim iz daleke Patagonije s hrvatskim i švicarskim korijenima, od malena sam se interesirala za poboljšanje životnih prostora, iz prve samouko, a zatim proučavajući i usavršavajući na studiju Homestaging u Španjolskoj.”

Tekst napisala: Lissette Nicole Josseau

Tekst uredila: Tanja Ostojić

Tekst je prvi put objavila Tanja Ostojić na blogu Misplaced Women?, u travnju 2021. godine

Lektura i prijevod na engleski: CHC i T. Ostojić

Fotografije: Tanja Ostojić i Neli Ružić

Snimanje i obrada videa: Andrea Resner

Ovaj je performans prvi puta razvijen i izveden u okviru radionice Misplaced Women? koju je vodila Tanja Ostojić, u Split, 6. – 8. travnja 2021. 

Organizatori: CHC, u okviru projekta Praznine2021 

Produkcija: Projekt Misplaced Women?, započeo 2009. godine

Body Measuring and Dying Oranges

In Berlin, Performances, Railway-stations, Train Station, Workshops on March 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm

Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play

Performance by: Evdoxia Stafylaraki and Jiachen Xu

Locations: S-Bahn stations Prenzlauer Allee and Ostkreuz, Berlin, January 23, 2018.

Text by: Evdoxia Stafylaraki

During my stay in Berlin, I had the opportunity to participate in the “Misplaced Women?” project by Tanja Ostojić. So, I made a performance with Alice (Jiachen Xu), posing questions about the rules set by society, and the women’s position in it in the course of time. Thus, the core concept of that performance was the diachronic nature of social inequalities, and the marginalisation of women in every aspect of life.

“Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play” by: Evdoxia Stafylaraki & Jiachen Xu, “Misplaced Women?” workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Ostkreuz Berlin, 2018.

That lack of women’s freedom that exists by tradition and the tight boundaries of a woman’s existence were presented through a ‘self- confinement’ act, by letting myself being tied up to a public clock pole with a tape measure, a strict metric system wrapping me ritualistically.

Alice’s proposal to develope this performance together with me, within the Ostojić’s Misplaced project context was the complement of the paradox I wanted to express. It should be noted that kitchen space is a space traditionally intended for the women as nurturers, housekeepers, and housewives; and Alice selected a placemat from that space to be the chess board that would bear some half-dead tangerines. Laying the tablecloth on the external social space, we set up the chess board, and the game started or rather kept evolving. A game, which none of us understands, a game with no justice, a game that is simply still being played beyond all reason.

Suddenly, a security guard interrupted the performance and demended that we leave the place. We tried to understand the reason for that in vain though; some passers-by translated the guard’s words for us, explaining that we should have been able to speak German since we were in Germany. Was it that we were both coming from a foreign country? Or was it that we were merely women? Or was it the combination of both that made him react so rudely? That’s a rhetorical question. His interference actually confirmed the term ‘misplaced women’ not only in words, but also in practice…

“Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play” Performance by Evdoxia Stafylaraki and Jiachen, “Misplaced Women?” Workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Berlin, Ostkreuz, 2018. Photo: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh


Video-recording: Nati Canto, Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Video-editing: Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Text edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić, March 3, 2021 on the Misplaced Women? project blog


Evdoxia Stafylaraki is a mathematician, sculptor and performance artist from Chania, Greece. 

Jiachen completed a joint master degree in women’s and gender studies in Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and University of Oviedo, Spain. She is now based in Beijing, China.


Please see more photos and read Jiachen’s review of this very performance published on the Misplaced Women? Blog in February 2019 


Please visit as well archive of earlier contributions and posts from Berlin, from workshops, individual and group performances: 2009-2021:

Contribution by Nati Canto 

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Mad Kate

Mapping around Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Contribution by Katja Vaghi

Contribution by LADY GABY

Contribution by: Susan Merrick 

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

Contribution by: Luciana Damiani 

Our Lady of Auguststraße by Tanja Ostojić

Contribution by Tanja Ostojić: Berlin, TXL Airport and Valentina Medda: Misplaced Women?, Performa New York, 2009. Simultanious delegated performance with the one by Tanja Ostojic, at Berlin TXL airport.

Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin, January 2018


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