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Score#1, Raspakivanje osobne torbe na Muzilu

In Performances, Pula, Stories on November 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić

Score #1/Raspakivanje lične torbe/ Performans Solidarnosti: kontribucija Roberte Weissman Nagy uz Partituru za izvođenje performansa br.1

Izvela: Roberta Weissman Nagy 

Lokacija: Muzil, napušteni vojni kompleks, vojna zona bez dozvole prilaska, Pula, Istra, Hrvatska

Datum: 21.11.2020. Vreme: 11–14 h, u trajanju od tri sata

Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Score #1, izvela: Roberta Weissman Nagy, Muzil, Pula, 2020. Fotografija: Zoltan Nagy

Opis i refleksije:

Ja sam dijete vojnog lica. Dijete nekog drugog svijeta. Priključila sam se Misplaced Women? performans-projektu u želji da preispitam spoznaje o sebi kao ženi, upravo kroz ogoljavanje i prezentiranje sadržaja svoje „torbe“, odnosno, intimnog, skrivenog i erotičnog svijeta osobnosti. Na prvi pogled bezazleno istresanje sadržaja osobne torbe, uprizoreno na lokaciji za koju sam smatrala da je jedna od onih koje su me trajno oblikovale kao ženu, postalo je duboko emotivno iskustvo proživljavanja vlastite fragilnosti i ženskosti, te vrtlog emotivnih i uznemirujućih reakcija koje me povezuju sa lokacijom i prošlošću.

“Misplaced Women?”, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, “Score 1/ Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, Performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Video-still: Zoltan Nagy

Trajno napušten sablasni prostor vojnog kompleksa, koji je JNA mirno i bez razaranja napustila  tokom rata, 15. Decembra 1991. u 17 sati, i u koji je i danas nemoguće ući bez dozvole Ministarstva obrane, posjetila sam pre nekih 50-tak godina, jednog ranog hladnog jutra sa svojim ocem, kapetanom bojnog broda, koji je imao ured u zgradi ispred koje je snimljen performans. Sećam se da je danas zaraslo dvorište tada bilo čisto i uredno. U njemu je stajalo nekoliko stotina mladih mornara iz cijele Jugoslavije pod punom spremom, koji su čekali prekomandu. Razgovarali su i pušili.

“Misplaced Women?”, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, “Score 1/ Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, Performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Video-still: Zoltan Nagy

Sjećam se zvukova, mirisa i osjećaja, a posebno njihovih pogleda, dok sam kao petogodišnja djevojčica prolazila u mimohodu i pela se potom stepenicama, ulazeći u zgradu. Neki su bili ljubazni, osmjehnuli se, a neki su me sa vidljivim prijezirom ružno gledali, čak i psovali. 

“Misplaced Women?”, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, “Score 1/ Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, Performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Video-still: Zoltan Nagy

Osjećaje bespomoćnosti i nejasnog straha koji su usledili odmah nakon nesvesnog prepoznavanja da sam poslatala meta kolektivne emocije, koje su mi tada izazvali, došla sam sada istresti pred njih, kao odrasla žena. Stajala sam sama pred tisuću ljudi kojih nije bilo. Strahovita je energija  i dalje prisutna na tom trgu.

Strah, suze, inat, ponos i snaga prepliću se kroz pokret dizanja ruku i čin izvrtanja torbe. Intenzivno sam doživela ovaj performans, kao veliku snagu i kao usud. Doneo mi je osećaj pomirenja, da konačno mogu biti to što jesam, što sam postala, sa skinutim cipelama, bosa, bez rezerve prisutna, baš tu na javnom platou u zabranjenoj zoni gdje odavna nikog više nema.

“Misplaced Women?”, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, “Score 1/ Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, Performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Photo:  Roberta Weissman Nagy

Orkanska bura koja je kao neminovnost toga dana bila sveprisutna, dotakla se i predmeta iz moje torbe, pomno odabranih da simboliziraju svaki segment mog života, uključuju i oktobarski broj časpisa Cosmopolitan, koji je tek izašao, i u njemu, članak o meni — da žene čitaju tko sam. Tek sam prazneći torbu saznala koliko još imam nesvesnih delova sebe. Istresajući sebstvo, sagledavši akt ove izjave, plakala sam čitavih sat vremena.

 “Misplaced Women?”, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, “Score 1/ Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, Performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Photo: Roberta Weissman Nagy

O Muzilu:

Iako se nalazi unutar grada, Muzil je oduvijek predstavljao zagonetku za većinu Puljana i Puležanki. Od 1859 godine kada Austrougarska određuje Pulu za svoju glavnu ratnu luku, pa sve do 2007. godine ova ogormna zona, površine od 180 hektara, bila je zatvorena za javnost. Tu su se smjenjivale razne vojske: Austrougarska, Italijanska, vojska Kraljevine Jugoslavije, SFR Jugoslavije, i Hrvatske. Vojni  kompleks Muzil je do raspada Jugoslavije koristila Jugoslovenska ratna mornarica (JRM). Po uspostavi Rrepublike Hrvatske, kompleks je kao i cjelokupna vojna imovina prešao u korištenje Hrvatske vojske. Danas je napušten i u statusu iščekivanja novog vlasnika, i prenamjene, jer je nejasan odnos vlasništva između Republike Hrvatske, Ministarstva obrane te samog Grada Pule na čijem je teritoriju kompleks, a za koji građani pokazuju interes u smislu prenamjene u javni prostor za kulturne i druge urbane sadržaje.

O autorki:

Roberta Weissman Nagy je umjetnica koja u svom radu kroz različite medije otvara pitanja o objektivnoj i subjektivnoj korelacij i realnosti. Ova puležanka je diplomirala na FLU u Beogradu 1988. godine, međunarodno je aktivna na preko 80 izložbi, te je nagrađivana za svoj umjetnički i pedagoški rad.

Fotografije: Zoltan Nagy / Roberta Weissman Nagy

Videast: Zoltan Nagy

Tekst napisala: Roberta Weissman Nagy

Tekst uredila i prvi put objavila na Misplaced Women? blogu: Tanja Ostojić


Molim Vas pogledajte priloge i članke koji se direktno nadovezuju na ovaj:

Partitura za izvođenje performansa, br.1: Raspakivanje lične torbe 

Partitura za izvodjenje performansa, br.2: Držanje natpisa

Jesenja izložba Udruženja Likovnih Umetnika Srbije u Paviljonu Cvijeta Zuzorić na Kalemegdanu Beograd

Prethodne kontribucije: Perfromans Solidarnosti

Score#1: (in English)

Score#2: (in ENglish)

Performans Solidarnosti

In Belgrade, Performances on November 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm

Evo prvistigli su i prvi prilozi za performans solidarnosti:

  1. Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, 

Score#1: Raspakivanje lične torbe 

Performans izvodi: Lidija Antonović

Datum 11.11.2020. Vreme: 16-16:30h, u trajanju od 30 minuta

Lokacija: Na stepeništu kod Hotela Srbija, Šumice, Beograd

Fotografije: Teodora Sarić

Opis: Pored nas su prolazili nezainteresovani ljudi sa maskama. Oni koji su stali nisu komentarisali. Kada se završio performans, samo je jedna žena pitala šta sam radila, i to tek kada smo se zajedno našle u autobusu. Objasnila sam joj da sam radila performans po partituri umetnice Tanje Ostojić. Stepenište kod hotela je nekada bilo prepuno turista i bogatijih migranata dok se nije pojavila pandemija korona virusa.

Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Raspakivanje lične torbe, izvela: Lidija Antonović, 11.11.2020, Hotel Srbija, Beograd. Foto: Teodora Sarić
Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Raspakivanje lične torbe, izvela: Lidija Antonović, 11.11.2020, Hotel Srbija, Beograd. Foto: Teodora Sarić

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2. Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić

Score#1: Raspakivanje lične torbe 

Perfromans izvodi: Nela Antonović

Datum 11.11.2020. Vreme: 17.30–18:15h, u trajanju od 45 minuta

Lokacija: Gandijeva ulica, na stazi prema tržnom centru, Novi Beograd

Fotografije: Lidija Antonović

Opis: Odabrala sam klupu na kojoj su, do pojave virusa, migranti često prespavali. To je bezbedno mesto u blizini tržnog centra, osvetljeno i skriveno. Izgovarala sam “missplaced woman”, kako bih više privukla pažnju i onima koji ne znaju šta to znači. Pitanja prolaznika su uglavnom bila da im protumačim šta govorim i zašto. Jedna tinejdžerka je rekla da će da istraži na internetu ko je to Tanja Ostojić. Jedna starija žena je dugo stajala i gledala. Na kraju mi je rekla da dobro dezinfikujem sve kada se vratim kući.

Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Raspakivanje lične torbe, izvela: Nela Antonović, 11.11.2020, Gandijeva ulica, Novi Beograd Foto: Lidija Antonović
Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Raspakivanje lične torbe, izvela: Nela Antonović, 11.11.2020, Gandijeva ulica, Novi Beograd Foto: Lidija Antonović


Veliko hvala: Lidiji Antonović, Neli Antonović i Teodori Sarić

Molim Vas pogledajte priloge i članke koji se direktno nadovezuju na ovaj:

Partitura za izvođenje performansa, br.1: Raspakivanje lične torbe

Partitura za izvodjenje performansa, br.2: Držanje natpisa

Jesenja izložba Udruženja Likovnih Umetnika Srbije u Paviljonu Cvijeta Zuzorić na Kalemegdanu Beograd

Misplaced Women? Radionica u Beogradu- Priča Nele Antonović

Missplaced Women? Performance & Migration Workshop and Performance series by Tanja Ostojić, in Info Park and the park in front of the Faculty of Economy Belgrade, October 29, 2015

Video about Misspalced Women? Workshop in Belgrade, SEEcult.org, 2015

Partitura za izvodjenje performansa, br.2: Držanje natpisa

In Scores on November 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

U jeku aktuelnih progona, pretnji, i vređanja savremenih umetnika u Srbiji, a posebno performans umetnika, strip crtača, kao i članova Upravnog odbora i Tela ULUS-a koji orkestriraju mediji, pojedinci i grupe ekstremista, pozivam sve na solidarnost! Pripremajući svoj rad za pretstojeću Jesenju izložbu* Udruženja Likovnih Umetnika Srbije u Paviljonu Cvijeta Zuzorić na Kalemegdanu, upućujem poziv za jedan praktični ogled, za vas, vašu decu i prijatelje: pokušajte da se bavite performans umetnošću uz primenu ovih jednostavnih instrukcija. Tu sam ako bude pitanja.

Tanja Ostojić: MISPLACED WOMEN? (2009-2020) delegirani performans

Partitura za izvodjenje performansa, br.2:  Držanje natpisa

Manje od sat vremena, sa ili bez priprema, jedan performer

Instrukcije:

  1. Odaberite javni prostor značajan za migracije koji vas posebno intrigira.
  2. Napravite svoj Misplaced Women? / Misplaced Man? / Misplaced Human? natpis ili baner (na kartonu, komadu papira, ili na tkanini. Može biti crtež, vez ili kolaž).
  3. Držite natpis stojeći na odabranom mestu barem pola sata.
  4. Zamolite nekoga da vas fotografiše dok tako stojite.
  5. Možete da izvedete istu akciju na različitim lokacijama ili u različita doba dana, i da ih uporedite. U tom slučaju možete nacrtati mapu lokacija na kojima ste izveli performans.
Drawing by David Caines of Elena Marchevska holding the “Misplaced Women?” sign at Heathrow Airport London, realised in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance art workshop in the public space by Tanja Ostojić, organized by LADA, London, December 2016.

Napomena:

Pozivam vas da razmislite o tome kako se osećate dok držite natpis, kako to rezonuje sa vašim životnim iskustvom, kako lokacije koje ste odabrali pulsiraju. Budite otvoreni za razgovor sa prolaznicima o natpisu koji držite, o problemima kojih se on dotiče i o tome šta oni imaju da kažu o tome.

Objavljivanje: 

Donesite svoj prilog (u formi natpisa, crteža, beleški, fotografija) na Jesenju izložbu* ULUS-a, Paviljon Cvijeta Zuzorić, Mali Kalemegdan, Beograd. / Pošaljite svoj prilog za objavljivanje na Misplaced Women? blogu                                    

Autorstvo i objavljivanje:

Sa “Misplaced Women?” projektom obraćamo posebnu pažnju na koautorstvo. Molimo vas da potpišete sopstvenu akciju kada je delite na društvenim mrežama sa: Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Score#1 / Score#2, vaše ime i prezime, datum, trajanje i lokacija. Mi ćemo učiniti isto sa vašim prilozima. Molimo vas da nas obavestite da li ste saglasni sa objavljivanjem vašeg priloga na Misplaced Women? blogu i u kontekstu izložbi arhiva projekta.

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* Jesenja izložba: će biti održana u periodu od 12. novembra do 6. decembra 2020.

Link for the English version of this post

Partitura za izvođenje performansa, br.1: Raspakivanje lične torbe

In Scores on November 9, 2020 at 8:24 pm

U jeku aktuelnih progona, pretnji, i vređanja savremenih umetnika u Srbiji, a posebno performans umetnika, strip crtača, kao i članova Upravnog odbora i Tela ULUS-a koji orkestriraju mediji, pojedinci i grupe ekstremista, pozivam sve na solidarnost! Pripremajući svoj rad za pretstojeću Jesenju izložbu* Udruženja Likovnih Umetnika Srbije u Paviljonu Cvijeta Zuzorić na Kalemegdanu, upućujem poziv za jedan praktični ogled, za vas, vašu decu i prijatelje: pokušajte da se bavite performans umetnošću uz primenu ovih jednostavnih instrukcija. Tu sam ako bude pitanja.

Tanja Ostojić: MISPLACED WOMEN? (2009-2020) delegirani performans

Partitura za izvodjenje performansa, br.1:  Raspakivanje lične torbe 

Oko sat vremena, sa/bez pripremama, jedan/više performera, prostor vezan za migracije

Instrukcije:

  1. Odaberite javni prostor od značaja za migracije koji vas posebno intrigira (javni prevoz, glavna autobuska stanica, aerodrom, granica, džentrifikovani deo grada…)
  2. Kada stignete tamo raspakujte svoju torbu (kao na primer: tašnu, ranac, kofer, ceger sa ličnim stvarima ili praznim plastičnim kesama i pakovanjima od potrošačkih proizvoda…)
  3. Izvadite svaku stvar napolje i izvrnite je naopačke. Izvrnite unutrašnjost torbe  napolje. Izvadite sve iz svojih džepova. Izvrnite džepove. Skinite cipele. Izvucite pertle. Nakon što ste sve raspakovali, pogledajte da li možete još nešto da otkrijete.
  4. Za napredne i posebno motivisane: Možete uraditi isto na različitim lokacijama, da vidite da li se vaša akcija različito percipira u drugo vreme i na drugim mestima. U tom slučaju, nacrtajte mapu gde ste sve izvodili performans.
Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Teresa Albor in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, realised in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance art workshop in the public space by Tanja Ostojić, organized by LADA, London, December 2016.

Napomena:

Razmislite o tome kako se osećate dok ovo radite u javnosti. Da li se osećate izloženo? Kako ovo iskustvo rezonuje sa vašim životnim iskustvom i da li vas približava ljudima u izbeglištvu, u tranzitu, sa ljudima koji žive na ulici ili slično… Budite otvoreni za razgovor sa prolaznicima o tome šta radite i zašto to radite. Neka performans traje barem pola sata… Ako ste se hektično raspakovali, nakon kratke pauze i razmene, pokušajte da spakujete svoje stvari sa pažnjom i s poštovanjem (ili obrnuto).

Posebna napomena:

Može se  ispostaviti da prostori za koje smatramo da su javni, zapravo to nisu. To znaži da sa ovim performansom možete preispitivati javni prostor i uvideti gde (ni)je moguće izvesti ovu akciju. Obezbeđenje vas može odgurnuti metar od ulaza (u šoping centar ili ono što su danas postale železničke stanice) ili vas policija može pitati — “Šta radite?”–. Savetujem da povedete nekoga sa sobom ko će pokušati da zagovara obezbeđenje, dok ne završite performans. Takođe možete reći da tražite neku svoju stvar (šta god to bilo), kako biste izbegli da budete izbačeni ili uhapšeni.. s obzirom da su performansi i snimanje zabranjeni na mnogim mestima.

Objavljivanje: 

Donesite svoj prilog (u formi natpisa, crteža, beleški, fotografija) na Jesenju izložbu* ULUS-a, Paviljon Cvijeta Zuzorić, Mali Kalemegdan, Beograd. / Pošaljite svoj prilog za objavljivanje na Misplaced Women? blogu projekata.                                     

Autorstvo i objavljivanje:

Sa “Misplaced Women?” projektom obraćamo posebnu pažnju na koautorstvo. Molimo vas da potpišete sopstvenu akciju kada je delite na društvenim mrežama sa: Misplaced Women?, delegirani performans Tanje Ostojić, Score#1 / Score#2, vaše ime i prezime, datum, trajanje i lokacija. Mi ćemo učiniti isto sa vašim prilozima. Molimo vas da nas obavestite da li ste saglasni sa objavljivanjem vašeg priloga na Misplaced Women? blogu i u kontekstu izložbi arhiva projekta.

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* Jesenja izložba će biti održana u periodu od 12. novembra do 6. decembra 2020.

Link for the English version of this post

Teresa Albor’s and Dagmara Bilon’s continuous collaboration

In London, Performances on February 6, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Teresa Albor and Dagmara Bilon both took part in “Misplaced Women?” Workshop by Tanja Ostojić, 13-14 December 2016, hosted by LADA at their studio/office in Hackney. Teresa brought objects left behind by people in the process of migrating from Syria and Afghanistan to Europe from a collection she has been working with via a project called “The Things We Leave Behind.”  During the workshop Teresa experimented with calling out the names of people who have made this journey. Dagmara focussed on her own migration history and work she had made in the past using a suitcase as a prop as well as other objects from her earlier performances. They got to know each other in this inspiring workshop and started a collaboration soon after.

Teresa Albor and Dagmara Bilon: “Solidarity not charity”, at The Purple Ladies, Peckham, 2017. Photography: Lais Pontes
Dagmara Bilon: “Solidarity not charity”, at The Purple Ladies, Peckham, 2017. Photography: Lais Pontes

Peckham: Dagmara invited Teresa to join her making work for the “Solidarity not charity” event, hosted by The Purple Ladies, held 17 March 2017 at MARKET, to benefit refugees. This time Dagmara had replaced the suitcase with a large “migrant” bag made from woven plastic and added women’s heels adorned with the British Union Jack. Teresa had made a sound piece of names to play in the background.  Although the two were meant to perform separately, they chose to perform in the same space.  Teresa handed people objects or set them next to a candle in the space while Dagmara navigated the space from within the bag wearing the heels. 


Pimlico: Teresa was asked to make work for a public market —Tachbrook Market in Westminster — through the Rufus Stone project, during refugee week (17 June 2017).  She invited Dagmara to perform with her.  Because this was a public space, the two took care to engage the public, via a handout or through conversation.  Teresa placed objects on a pedestal, the soundtrack of names was played and Dagmara attempted to make her way across a thoroughfare to the stall. 

Dagmara Bilon, performing during refugee week 2017, Pimlico. Photography: Rachel Cherry
Teresa Albor performing during refugee week 2017, Pimlico. Photography: Rachel Cherry
 Dagmara Bilon, performing during refugee week 2017, Pimlico. Photography: Rachel Cherry


Richmond: Teresa invited Dagmara to perform at an exhibition of “The things we leave behind” at the One Paved Square Gallery in Richmond 24 Jan – 3 Feb, 2018.  The performance was 24 January, 2018.  Teresa used a torch instead of candles and used boundary tape to mark off sections of the space. Dagmara incorporated getting undressed, into the bag, movement and emerging from the bag into the performance.  Once again the soundtrack of names was played. 

Dagmara Bilon, performing at “The things we leave behind”, One Paved Square Gallery, Richmond, 2018. Photography: Sisi Burn
Dagmara Bilon performing at “The things we leave behind”, One Paved Square Gallery, Richmond, 2018. Photography: Sisi Burn
Teresa Albor performing at “The things we leave behind”, One Paved Square Gallery, Richmond, 2018. Photography: Sisi Burn

Bethnal Green: Dagmara invited Teresa to take part in a full day workshop as part of her involvement with the “I am not a village” project residency at Guest Projects in Bethnal Green.  The two experimenting with various ideas, including incorporating elements of Tanja Ostojić ’s “Naked Life” (2004-2016) performance series into their performance.  A week later, on 28 April, 2018 they performed a version of “Naked Life” — foregoing all of their previous props and gestures.   This time they entered the space, stood on a pedestal, dressed in layers of clothing.  They took turns reciting short stories of people who have been forced to move—a woman living in London dealing with domestic abuse; a woman moving from Sudan to a camp in Uganda; and so on.  With each story they removed a layer of clothing.  Once they were both naked and vulnerable, in solidarity with those whose stories they had recited, they dressed in their own clothes and told their own stories of relative privilege and security.  

Dagmara Bilon and Teresa Albor, performing at Bethnal Green, 2018, Photography: Camilla Canocchi
Dagmara Bilon and Teresa Albor, performing at Bethnal Green, 2018, Photography: Camilla Canocchi
Dagmara Bilon and Teresa Albor, performing at Bethnal Green, 2018, Photography: Camilla Canocchi

 Text by: Teresa Albor

Editied and published by Tanja Ostojic

Photography: Lais Pontes, Sisi Burn, Rachel Cherry, Camilla Canocchi

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Teresa Albor is London based performance and visual artist interested in how different groups of people negotiate the world. Her work is research-based and often involves broad collaboration. It can involve video/moving image, performance, installation, publication, community-based workshops, and forms of artist-led curation.

Dagmara Bilon is a London based Polish/German freelance Performance Artist, director and teacher, working nationally and internationally. Her multi-disciplinary practice orbits around embodied investigation and making the unconscious conscious. Central for her practice are dialog and collaboration, with self, others, materials and sites. She is passionate about art that inspires change. Over the last decade she has produced a diverse body of work which belongs to the borderlining realms of experimental performance and installation, as well as community based  projects.

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Some of the 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

Danyel Ferrari´s Article published in ArtSlant

Teresa Albor

Dagmara Bilon

Camilla Canocchi 

Shannon Mulvey 

Cherry Truluck

Seila Fernandez Arconada

Alice Tuppen

Hilary Williams 

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Misplaced Roots by Katja Vaghi

In Airports, Berlin, Performances, Workshops on February 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Misplaced Roots 

Concept and performance: Katja Vaghi

Location: landing stripe, Templehofer Feld, Berlin

Duration: 15 minutes

January 2018

Misplaced Roots is a solo performance that was created in the framework of Tanja Ostojić’s MISPLACED WOMEN? workshop unfolding in the range of public spaces in January 2018 in Berlin. I have found the discussions during Tanja Ostojić’s workshop especially interesting. Despite none of the participants were born and raised in Berlin, those discussions uncovered moving details of the city’s social fabric, from its history on both side of the wall to actual issues. It has surely brought the city closer.

I will start with a short description how this performance came about and add a few words of reflection about it.

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Katja Vaghi: Misplaced Roots, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

On the second day of the workshop, a group of us (Tanja Ostojić, Rhea Ramjohn, Alice Minervini, Sara Kramer, Ola Kozioł and myself) headed from the institution hosting the workshop, the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, to our chosen performance site, Berlin Tempelhofer Feld. Berlin Tempelhof airport opened in 1927 and was one of the oldest functioning airports before its closure in 2008. Considered a highly influential place by many people in Berlin, it has now been repurposed into an unusual park, Tempelhofer Feld and recently also housed an emergency camp for refugees. In the surreal landscape offered by the landing stripes, people jog and walk dog, grill and play.

Group Interventions on the Way

Our performance started though with little interventions on the S-Bahn (train) to Tempelhofer Feld. In the first, four of us (Ola Kozioł, Tanja Ostojić, Rhea Ramjohn and myself) decided to ‘reclaim our space’ by sitting with our suitcases between our legs in reaction to that little nagging voice preaching how good socialized women should occupy a small space. This was followed my claiming even more space while searching my bag for my phone. We wanted to know where a particular spot of the airport was and I was looking to phone a friend. So, I deliberately choose to take the most absurd or voluminous things out of my bag, thus pilling books, gloves, a scarf and bright orange mandarins on the top of my suitcase in my hunt for my phone. This partial performance of Tanja’s set score did not impress the person seated next to me who continued reading his book, or the others in the carriage. I might have appeared a little eccentric but being Berlin, I was quite in the norm. Knowing your context is key. Still the situation highlighted another element, how we are always in a liminal space, always potentially on the verge of a performance. Each act is a potential subversive act depending on the place, extent and length of its performance.

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Katja Vaghi: Misplaced Roots, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin 2018. Video-still: Sara Kramer

 

Group Intervention on the Tempelhof airport

At Tempelhof airport (with Tanja and Rhea) the three of us with suitcases produced a choreography of rolling suitcases. Three misplaced women, with their suitcases, walking on the landing strip to get on a flight that is no longer there.

 

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Katja Vaghi: Misplaced Roots, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin 2018. Video-still: Sara Kramer

Misplaced Roots

I chose to perform Misplaced Roots in the middle of a landing stripe. I drag my suitcase away from the audience, heading nowhere and looking forlorn. This suitcase has accompanied me for seven years going back and forth from were I have been studying and then working and the place of where my emotions were, my family and my partner. I have rolled it for so long that one of the wheels is worn out. I then stop, take my coat off and open the suitcase. I try to squeeze myself in it. I am too big. My legs are out of it, as I clap myself together as a Swiss knife. I open the lid, try to put my legs in the suitcase as well, fail and fall with it backwards. I am now sitting with my back and the lid on the concrete and my legs on the suitcase. The temperature is far below zero. It is very cold. I try to use it as a cover to get some warmth from it. But it is not happening. There is no way that I am going to fit in it.

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Katja Vaghi: Misplaced Roots, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

I feel restless, a body without a voice. I step out of the suitcase and take a white long skirt. I wear it, and sit back in the suitcase. I take an old broken shirt, turn it inside out and try to fit in one of these plastic bags for the security check commenting as I go: “You always have to squeeze your whole life inside these little bags”. It is funny how one grows attached to objects. Especially, when travelling a lot, one has certain rituals involving particular objects that make one feel at home. A friend of mine had a special cup. I have a suitcase. Many times I have lived out of this suitcase. It was literally my home. I then read aloud a definition of migration taken from wikipedia and the comments on how to approach and survive the procedure at the German Immigration Authorities (Ausländerbehörde Berlin). Finally, I read testimonies of people who had migrated from my region a century ago. I am a voluntary migrant but this does not mean I am less lonely when settling in a new place. I am still misplaced. I am still visited with feelings of loss and nostalgia. Each time one packs a suitcase to move, one brings one’s roots with it, hoping to find nurturing soil for them. I read the definition of ‘Spolia’ or the building stones that are repurposed for new constructions. These ‘homely’ objects, these spolia, are fragments of a previous life helping one grow roots in a new country. Finally, I close my performance as I started. I pack everything in the suitcase, put my coat on and continue walking towards nowhere. 

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Katja Vaghi alternates theoretical reflections in written form to practical musing in the performing space. A dancer, choreographer, somatic practitioner and dance researcher, she holds a PhD in dance philosophy (University of Roehampton) and is an enthusiast improviser and site-specific performer. She is based in Berlin

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Text written by: Katja Vaghi

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić, 2018-19 on the Misplaced Women? project Misplaced Women? project blog

HD video-recording: Sara Kramer

Still from video: Sara Kramer

Photography: Tanja Ostojić

Misplaced Women? organised by: Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin Weißensee. 

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Please visit as well other contributions and posts from the same workshops:

Contribution by Mad Kate

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by LADY GABY

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

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

Berlin Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

In Berlin, Performances, Railway-stations, Workshops on February 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play

Performance by: Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

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

Text by: Jiachen

The performance consists of three parts: body measuring, dying oranges chess play, and the in-between or misplaced spaces. It is a result of spontaneous entanglement of ideas from Evdoxia (body measuring) and Jiachen (orange chess play) developed during Berlin itinerary of the “Misplaced Women?” workshop by Tanja Ostojić. Though the performance as an entity is inseparable from any of it’s parts, I will mainly look at the latter part and the surrounding forces in this writing piece. 

Within the workshop “Misplaced Women?” facilitated by Tanja Ostojić, words such as: misplaced, women, and the question mark, became the structuring forces of this performance. “Women” in its plural form, I ask, identified as a queer feminist woman of colour, who are included in its reference? Misplaced, as the adjective suggests, on one hand, a finished state, temporally or not, in comparison to the wording “displacing”; on the other, what is the defining state of “placement”, and I wander, defined by whom?  My thought thus arrives at the question mark. 

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Jiachen and Evdoxia Stafylaraki: “Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play”, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin, 2018. Photo: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh and Nati Canto

Trinh T. Minh-ha is one of those feminist theorists who inspires me lastingly. She says, “Woman can never be defined. Bat, dog, chick, mutton, tart. Queen, madam, lady of pleasure. MISTRESS. Belle-de-nuit, woman of the street, fruit woman, fallen woman. Cow, vixen, bitch. Call girl, joy girl, working girl” (1986). This vivid and visual description of the ontological instability of women, especially for third world women in Minh-ha’s account, speaks for me. I gain my strength from reading works by black feminists and feminists of colour to survive joyfully, bravely and ambiguously in a seemingly constant misplaced/misplacing state, physically, psychologically, and beyond.

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

I went to the workshop with an expectation to actualise certain struggling thoughts through body performances. The result, one week after the workshop, is way more than that. It is already very therapeutic for me to be surrounded by women bravely and creatively in the face of different forms of displacement struggles. And to share and do something collectively through an honest and caring sharing of our vulnerabilities. How wonderful is that!

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Jiachen and Evdoxia Stafylaraki: “Body Measuring and Dying Oranges Chess Play”, “Misplaced Women? Workshop, Berlin, 2018. Photo: Nati Canto and Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

 

In terms of the specific performance collaborated with Eva (Evdoxia Stafylaraki), I am a bit resistant to translate the process into languages. I would like to share some details that might be interesting to know. I come across those seven dying oranges at two friend’s kitchen. They were forgotten in the corner, waiting to be thrown away into trash. I noticed them and initially arranged them on the back placemat on the kitchen table. This was the birth of the idea “dying oranges chess play”. Number seven bears different meanings in different cultural contexts. In my memory it signifies a return in I-Ching. I guess there is always a piece of me strives for a return, even though the “original” place is non-existent anymore. To mobilise the nostalgia feeling evoked by “return” to the on-going chess play in public transportation stations seems to be one of the articulations during the chess play part of the performance. No one is setting the rules in the present, but there are waves of ghosts surrounding the gameplay. These waves of ghosts in my retrospective reading were displaced by the first part of the performance: the body measuring. Constant decision: making or un-making, and the questions of the aesthetics of misplaced existence are brought to the very surface, and will hopefully get revolved and transformed, step by step.

Text by: Jiachen Xu

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Video and photos: Nati Canto, Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić, 2018-19 on the Misplaced Women? project blog

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Jiachen recently finished a joint master degree in women’s and gender studies in Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and University of Oviedo, Spain.

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

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Please visit as well other contributions and posts from the same workshops:

Contribution by Mad Kate

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by LADY GABY

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

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

“MISPLACED WOMEN?” Participatory Art Project Archives, ongoing since 2009 @Art-Lab Berlin

In Berlin, News on September 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Tanja Ostojić is exhibiting photos, stories, videos, drawings, signs and performance scores from the “MISPLACED WOMEN?” participatory art project archives (ongoing since 2009) in the form of multimedia installation in the frame of Beautiful Trouble: Rethinking Art-ivism, Arrival City exhibition at the Art-Lab Berlin. Within this project Ostojić and project contributors of diverse backgrounds embody and enacts some of everyday life’s activities that thematise displacement, as it is known to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees and to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living.

Exhibition opening: 

Friday, September 14, at 7 pm.

Exhibition duration: 

September 14-30, 2018.

Art-Lab Berlin

Perleberger Straße 60 

10559 Berlin-Moabit

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Tanja Ostojić: “MISPLACED WOMEN?” participatory art project archives (ongoing since 2009) installation view at Art Lab Berlin, September 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

“MISPLACED WOMEN?” , Performance series ongoing since 2009 / Project’s Archive, mixed media installation includes:

2 Works on textile:

1) Tanja Ostojić / Marta Nitecka Barche: “Misplaced Women?” Banner 49,5 X 181,5 cm, 2016, Canvas, marker, embroidery.

2) Monika Janulevičiūtė: “Misplaced Women?” self made sign on textile 49,5 X 90 cm, used at the Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania, November 2016.

 

25 Photographs from the following performances:

3) Performance by Hyla Willis. Central train station Zagreb, Croatia, June, 25, 2009, during the PSi conference Zagreb. Photo: subRosa.

4) Delegated performance by Valentina Medda, during Performa festival. White Box, New York City. November 21, 2009, 5 pm, New York time.

5) Performance by Tanja Ostojić, November 21, 2009, 11 pm Berlin time (5pm New York time, simultaneously with Valentina Medda), at the Tegel airport Berlin, Germany. Photos: DNK.

6) “Misplace Women?” sign held by Wai Wai at the arrival section, Zürich International Airport, Switzerland, October 25, 2012. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

7) ”Misplace Women?” sign held by Amy Bryzgel, on Aberdeen International Airport, Scotland, March 31, 2015. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

8) “Misplaced Women? Marking the City.” Performance by Kwestan Jamal Bawan at Western Union, Bergen, Norway, November 2, 2011 at 12:55.pm. Organised by Stiftelsen 3,14. Photo: Mariel Lødum.

9) Performance by Tanja Ostojić on the Bergen International Airport. November 8, 2011. Production: Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway. Photos: Jannicke Olsen.

10) Performance by Sigrid Pawelke, (during the “Missplaced Women?” workshop conducted by Tanja Ostojić). Shopping district, Aix-en-Provence, France, December 16, 2015. Photos: Tanja Ostojić.

11) Performance by Anaïs Clercx, at Préfecture d’Aix-en-Provence / Police headquarters, City of Aix-en-Provence, France, during the “Missplaced Women?” workshop with Tanja Ostojić. December 16, 2015. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

12) Performance by Ashley McNaughton on Torry bridge, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, during the “Misplaced Woman?” workshop with Tanja Ostojić in Torry neighbourhood, organised as a part of the Aberdeen Festival of Politics 2016. March 10, 2016. Photo: Renée Slater.

13) Performances by Kirsty Russell and Marta Nitecka Barche in front of the public library in Torry, as a part of “Misplaced Woman?” workshop with Tanja Ostojić during the Aberdeen Festival of Politics 2016. March 10, 2016. Other participants: Amy Bryzgel, Caroline Gausden, Sarah Jackson, Karolina Kubik, Angela Margaret Main, Ashley McNaughton, Marta Nitecka Barche, Tanja Ostojić, Kirsty Russell, Francesco Sani, Renée Slater, Gabriel Tracy, Rowan Young and many other amassing people. Photo: Renée Slater.

14) Performance by Tanja Ostojić on the La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles / railway station, Marseille, France 2013. Participants: Helen Averley, Alix Denambride, Robyn Hambrook, Tanja Ostojić, Kim Mc Cafferty, Jane Kay Park, Emma Edvige Ungaro and Patricia Verity. Production: Préavis de Désordre Urbain and Red Plexus, Marselle. Photos: Anne Carles.

15) Performance by Tanja Ostojić, Göteborg city centre tram station, Sweden, September 4, 2015. Production: Live Action 10, Photo: Xiao Lu.

16) Marija Jevtić, Tanja Ostojić, Suncica Šido and Nela Antonović performing “Misplaced Women?” inside the Info Park, Central Bus station Belgrade, Serbia, as one of the group performances in public spaces in Belgrade, conducted on October 29, 2015, during “Misplaced Woman?” workshop with Tanja Ostojić, thematising solidarity with the refuges on the Balkan route. Organised as a part of the From Diaspora to Diversity, Remont, Belgrade, Serbia. Participants: Nela Antonović, Gorana Bačevac, Tatjana Beljinac, Tamara Bijelić, Jelena Dinić, Irena Đukanović, Milica Janković, Marija Jevtić, Nadežda Kirćanski, Irena Mirković, Bojana Radenović, Sanja Solunac, Sunčica Šido. Photo: Lidija Antonović.

17) Performance by Tanja Ostojić on the Central bus station in Varaždin, Croatia, Jun 11, 2016. Production: Dani performansa, Varaždin, Croatia. Photo: Vedran Hunjek.

18) Perfromance by Rhea Ramjohn: “Which colonial comfort would you like to consume today?”, Misplaced Women? workshop, Tempelhoferfeld, Berlin, January 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

19) Performance by Tanja Ostojić: “Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, May 11, 2018, 30 min performance at Haupt Bahnhof/ main train station, Innsbruck. Art in Public Space Tyrol, Photo: Daniel Jarosch.

20) Perfromance by Tanja Ostojić: “Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, May 12, 2018, 60 min Performance by Tanja Ostojić at the Goldenes Dahl, Altstadt, Innsbruck. Art in Public Space Tyrol, Photo: Daniel Jarosch.

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Tanja Ostojić: “MISPLACED WOMEN?” Participatory Artproject Archives (ongoing since 2009), installation view @ Art Lab Berlin, Sept. 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

2 Performance Scores

21) Score #1: unpacking a bag of your own (by Tanja Ostojić), and

Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign (by Tanja Ostojić)

4 Drawings:

22) Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Teresa Albor in Westfield Shopping Mall, in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance art workshop by Tanja Ostojić in LADA, London, December 2016.

23) Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Dagmara Bilon, in Olympic Park, in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić in LADA, London, December 2016.

24) Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Sophie Cero in the frame of Tanja Ostojić’s “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in LADA, London, December 2016.

25) Drawing by Tanja Ostojić on a prize tag used in the “Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, Performances Innsbruck, May 2018. Art in Public Space Tyrol.

 

10 Written Stories by:

26) Jasmina Tešanović, women without homeland, who lives and works on-line.

27) Mmakgosi Kgabi, Gaborone, Botswana

28) Tanja Ostojić, Berlin, Germany: Bergen Airport Story

29) Sigrid Pawelke’s Statment, Aix-en-Provence, France

30) Anaïs Clercx, Marseille, France

31) Marta Nitecka Barche, Aberdeen, Scotland: Marta’s Story on Trauma of imprisonment in the USA.

32) Helen Averley, Belfast, Northern Ireland

33) Bojana Videkanić, Toronto Canada: Holding the “Misplaced Women?” sign on the Toronto Airport and diving into her profoundly touching memories about her initiation into the life of a refugee escaping Sarajevo siege in 1992

34) Rhea Ramjohn; Berlin: Which colonial comfort would you like to consume today?

35) Elena Marchevska, holding the “Misplaced Women?” Sign at Heathrow Airport London, December 12, 2016.

 

3 Videos:

36) “Misplaced Women?” Performance by Tanja Ostojić, 1-channel digital video, 28:16min, 2016. Video recording of the performance in Goteborg International Airport, Sweden. September 2, 2015. Live Action 10

37) Misplaced Women? performed by Tanja Ostojić, dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. October 16, 2016, in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario, 7a*11d, Toronto, Canada. Video clip.

38) Documentary video about the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić in London. 3:50 min long by Dr Elena Marchevska, produced by Live Art Development Agency, London, 2017. People talking in order of appearance: Tanja Ostojić, Nicholas Harris, Teresa Albor, Dagmara Bilon, Camila Canocchi, and voice over: Elena Marchevska.

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Tanja Ostojić: “Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, 2018, 30 min performance at Haupt Bahnhof/ main train station, Innsbruck. Art in Public Space Tyrol. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

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I am pleased that our installation has been set up so well and I am grateful to all the project participants for all their generous contributions to the project!!! 

For any necessary corrections, please write to me in person. I would be very grateful and pleased to correct and improve each information and credits further.– Tanja Ostojić

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Artists included: 

Tanja Ostojić

Mohammed Badarne

Göksu Kunak

Rabih Mroué

About the exhibition:

The protest movements of over the last ten years have brought the importance of the body as a means of political articulation back into our attention. Thereby, the vulnerability and fragility of the protesting bodies have often become disturbingly clear. The exhibition presents works by artists who reflect on the significance of physical presence of the body in public space, on the possibilities (and limitations) of art as a space to negotiate the social and the political and the role of activism and protest in the contemporary world with its neo-liberal understanding of globalisation. It offers a new perspective on the articulation of the political in contemporary art and reflects on the possibilities of art to express dissenting voices. 

The exhibition Beautiful Trouble. Rethinking Art-ivism is organised in the frame of the Arrival City project, which seeks to investigate questions pertaining to artistic relocation and offer a forum for international and newly arrived artists in Berlin. The term “arrival city” was coined by the journalist and writer Doug Saunders in his book Arrival City (2011). Saunders described cities and areas which had been shaped by migration, processes of relocation and the stories of their inhabitants. Although he did not deny challenges, his conclusion was overall positive as he highlighted the vitality that the newcomers brought to their new homes. With this project we would like to take up this idea and reflect on the city as a form of “cultural laboratory” as a space of co-existence of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The project will take the form of four exhibitions and two panel discussions, organised throughout 2018.  Curated by Charlotte Bank and Salah Saouli

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Venue:

Art-Lab Berlin

Perleberger Straße 60 

10559 Berlin-Moabit

Exhibition duration:  September 14-30, 2018.

Exhibition opening hours: Friday—Sunday, from 4-7pm

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“Misplaced Women?” Project Blog

About the Project

 

 

Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign

In Scores, Signs on May 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Tanja Ostojić: 

Misplaced Women? 

(ongoing since 2009)

delegated performance

Score #2:  Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign

Less then hour, no, or with preparation, one or more performers

Instruction: 

1. Select a migration specific place that resonates to you 

2. Make your own MISPLACED WOMEN? (or MISPLACED MAN? / or MISPLACED HUMAN?) Sign or a banner (on a cardboard, on a piece of paper, on some cloth. It can be a drawing or an embroidery or even a collage). 

3. Stand there and hold it for at least half-an-hour. 

4. Ask someone to take a photo of you standing there. 

5. You can do the same action at the variety of places and see how different it is being perceived at different times and locations. In such case you might draw a map of locations you performed at. 

Note: 

Reflect a pone how does it feel to hold the sign, how does it resonates with you, with your life experience, how the location you have chosen pulsates, and does it bring you closer to the people on the move, on the street, etc. Be open to talk to passing by people about the sign you are holding and the related issues and to what they have to say about it. 

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Misplaced Women sign Photo: Amy Bryzgel

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On October 12 2016, Bojana Videkanić holding the “Misplaced Women?” sign on the Pearson International Airport in Toronto and diving into her profoundly touching memories about her initiation into the life of a refugee escaping Sarajevo siege in 1992 and her and her family life as refuges in the UK, Croatia and Canada. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Publishing:

Send a photo or a drawing of yourself holding the sing, the description about how did it go (your name, date, time, duration, location and what happened) and the related written reflections and overview of dialogues that might habe occurred. Please let us know if you would like that your contribution is published on the “Misplaced Women?” project blog.

  We would greatly appreciate your permission to publish it.

“Misplaced Women?” project @ the BE.BOP 2018 in London, ABP Autograph & Tate Britain, on June 12

In London, News on May 9, 2018 at 7:59 am

I will be presenting the “Misplaced Women?” project at the BE.BOP 2018 in London, on a panel hosted by ABP Autograph & Tate Britain, on June 12. For information on dates, venues & programming, please visit the following website:

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