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Teresa Albor´s performances, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick and Westfield Shopping Mall, Stratford London, December 13 and 14, 2016. in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” in LADA

In Borders, London, Performances, Shopping Center, Stories, Workshops on February 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Teresa Albor´s performances, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick and Westfield Shopping Mall, Stratford London, December 13 and 14, 2016. in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” in LADA

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by Live Arts Development Agency London and Elena Marchevska, Teresa Albor realised a series of two very strong performances on displacement:

December 13, 2016, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, 2-4pm

December 14, 2016, Westfield Shopping Mall, near Olympic Park, Stratford, 1:45-2pm

On December 16, 2016 she wrote the following related statement:

Packing up the large objects this morning, the bright orange life jacket (child size), the beaded scarf, the soft black little girl’s jacket.  The smell— part smoke, part sweat, musty, human.  Then the small objects—into the orange envelopes and then the zip lock bag, the bits and pieces of jewelry, including the fragile, fragile necklace, all tangled up, hopelessly tangled up.

I imagine,the women who are preparing to be evacuated from Aleppo this morning.  They are packing up what little they can bring.  Little girls (perhaps oblivious), teenage girls (dreaming of a future?), mothers (thinking of their children’s needs).

Clio looks good in red so I have bought her a red dress.  Libby wants a particular book for her medical studies.  I put the red dress in a black box and tie a red ribbon around it.  I wrap the book in silver paper.

Someone else, once carefully packed the things I brought to Hackney Wick. All these objects once belonged to others, who took risks, who are hopefully somewhere where they feel safe, where they can dream, love, argue, fall out of love, make plans for the holidays.

The mall is busy.  People are trying to find things to give to others.  To make them smile, to show somehow—as impossible as it might be—how much they love them.

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Please see Teresa Albor´s video of her performance in front of The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, London

 

The necklace is hopelessly tangled.  I spend a good hour trying to ease the knots out.  First I try to soften the snarl, gently easing the tiny chain into a loose little heap.  Then I try to find the ends and see how long a length of chain is possible.  But this makes the knot in the middle grow tighter and tighter.  My fingers are numb from the cold, with little dents where I have been holding the chain.  It seems maddeningly simple.  I picture the untangled chain.  I picture it hanging around the neck of a woman.  She is smiling.

Tosha needs someone to babysit.  It’s not easy being a single mother.  She says it’s hard for her, now that she has a son, to watch the news, to see woman and children, the bombardment, their desperate flight.

I feel vulnerable sitting on the cement paving stone outside the Omega watch store.  Someone else has the power.  A man with a vest that says “security”.  Calling out names: Amena, Yana, Ola, Liliane, Nour, Kamar, Lamma Dayoub, Qamar, Haya, Zeinah, Aya, Nooda, Ranim, Reem, Asil. Please be safe.  What is the worst that can happen to me?  What is the best thing that can happen to you?

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Teresa Albor performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, (December 14, 2016. 1:45-2pm) Photo: Tanja Ostojić

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Teresa Albor performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, (December 14, 2016. 1:45-2pm) Photo: Tanja Ostojić

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Footnote: Clio, Libby and Tosha are Teresa´s daughters.

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Things I learned in the workshop:

The advantages of being our own audience: Working together, watching each other, making work for each other to see, acting as a magnet in public spaces to draw others in, acting as a protective shield when there’s some question about our “right” to make work in public.  Being open to each other.  Allowing everyone to be at a different point in his or her process. Observing each other and learning from each other.

Explaining to security: The art of just describing what is actually happening. “I am looking for something.”  “She is wrapping a present.”  The power (see above) of being able to focus on an action whilst someone else does the explaining.

Gut feeling + props:  The need to allow your gut feeling to direct you, to give you ideas.  To have the props but then let the action evolve.  But to still be able to edit one’s self, and question one’s ideas, and not to incorporate every single idea.  I have so many ideas.

Also, I wanted to say how much this workshop meant to me. This was a new way for me to work with these objects– the second piece, a way to put myself into the work, to make myself a bit vulnerable. It has given me plenty to think about. Once again, thanks to Tanja Ostojic for her warmth, patience, openness– for making us all feel so safe, and so encouraged as artists.

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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.

www.TeresaAlbor.com

www.TheThingsWeLeaveBehind.co.uk

www.Paradox-of-Order.com

www.Rufus-Stone.org

Photos: Tanja Ostojic

Video: Teresa Albor

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Misplaced Women? sign on Pearson International Airport in Toronto

In Airports, Toronto on October 14, 2016 at 10:36 pm

On October 12, 2016. Bojana Videkanić was holding the “Misplaced Women?” sign on the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. She wrote about it:

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Photo: Tanja Ostojic

 

Tanja Ostojić has asked me to create a sign and hold it while waiting for her at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. The sign read: “Misplaced Women?” which is also the title of Tanja’s piece that she will perform on Sunday October 16 at 2pm at tram stop downtown Toronto (corner of McCaul and Dunda streets) in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario, as part of the 7a*11d Festival in Toronto.

While standing there at the arrivals ramp at the airport, I quickly realized that in fact Tanja’s performance has already begun as people stared at the sign I was holding up. I had some confused looks from passersby. Several people stopped and asked what the sign was about. One man came around as asked where are these misplaced women? He was confused? I replied that it was a part of Tanja Ostojić’s art work relating it to refugees and migrant women.

A female security guard came to me asking about the sign, she approached and said:

— ”You know you will get a lot of people asking about the sign. They will think you might have some answers for them…” Then she said “you know, I am misplaced too”.

I explained what the project was about and she was quite enthusiastic about what it was, and said she will look up Tanja’s work.

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Further Misplaced Women? Toronto Program:

Tanja Ostojić’s artist talk as part of the panel on Migration, with Selma Selman, moderated by Bojana Videkanić, Saturday, October 15 at 12:30h at OCAD U RM 284, Toronto Canada.

Tanja Ostojić, “Misplaced Women?” performance, Sunday October16 at 2 pm at tram stop downtown Toronto in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Canada.

Tanja Ostojić´s artist talk, Monday, Oct 17, at 6:30pm, University of Buffalo, 202 Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY 14260-6000, United States,

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Photo: Bojana Videkanic

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Bojana Videkanić is an artist, art historian and curator. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who came to Canada as a refugee. Videkanić now lives in Canada where she teaches at the University of Waterloo and is a member of the curatorial board of the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival.  7a*11d festival, now in its 20th year, is one of the oldest and largest performance art festivals in Canada. The 7a*11d collective gathers over 20 international and national artists for each of its biannual festivals that takes place in the fall in Toronto: http://7a-11d.ca/

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Open Call for participants for Misplaced Women? performance workshop with Tanja Ostojić in London UK, December 13-14, 2016 hosted by Live Art Development Agency

In London, News, Workshops on October 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm

This Open Call for participants of Misplaced Women? performance workshop with Tanja Ostojić in London UK, December 13-14, 2016 hosted by Live Art Development Agency:

Participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, representations of gender and art in the public realm.

The workshop is free and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided. We are able to contribute to travel costs for participants who are based outside London. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 November.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the second day of the workshop at the Live Art Development Agency and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

Please reed about the project and see more application relevant details at the following link:

http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/open-call-for-participants-for-misplaced-women-workshop

Good luck and looking forward to collaborate with you in London!

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Marija Jevtić, Tanja Ostojić, Sunčica 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. Photo: Lidija Antonović.

Press review in Serbian, Missplaced Women? at Götheborg Airport / Novinarski prikaz performansa na Medjunarodnom aerodromu u Geteborgu

In News, Reviews on September 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

Press review in Serbian, Missplaced Women? at Götheborg Airport / Novinarski prikaz performansa na Medjunarodnom aerodromu u Geteborgu

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http://www.seecult.org/vest/tanja-ostojic-na-live-action

Tanja Ostojić na Live Action
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Umetnica Tanja Ostojić iz Srbije, koja živi i radi u Berlinu, učestvuje sa grupom internacionalnih umetnika na festivalu performansa “Live Action” u Geteborgu, na kojem predstavlja nove verzije radova “Misplaced Women?” i “Naked Life” koji su deo njenih dugogodišnjih istraživanja teme migracije, odnosno diskriminacije određenih društvenih grupa.

Novi performans iz serijala “Misplaced Women?” Tanja Ostojić je izvela 2. septembra na međunarodnom aerodromu u Geteborgu, na terminalu za dolaske, gde je oko 45 minuta vadila i potom vraćala celokupan sadržaj svoja dva kofera – ručnog prtljaga i torbe za kozmetiku.

Svaki predmet je pojedinačno vadila iz kofera, te potom vraćala, prikazujući svakodnevne životne aktivnosti koje su karakteristične za raseljenje ljude – migrante, izbeglice, ali i umetnike koji su primorani da putuju po svetu kako bi zaradili za život.

Tanja Ostojić, Misplaced Women?, aerodrom Geteborg, 2.9.2015, produkcija Live Action, foto: Li Qi Jian

Umetnica time nastavlja dugogodišnje istraživanje problematike migracija, mobilnosti, kao i odnosa moći i ranjivosti ženskog tela u tim procesima, koje je karakteristično i za njene ranije radove.

Performanse Tanje Ostojić iz serijala “Misplaced Women?”, koji je započet još 2009. godine, izvode i volonterke koje na javnim mestima raspakuju i ponovo pakuju svoje kofere na različitim javnim mestima. Tanja Ostojić pozvala je sve koji žele da izvode performans “Misplaced Women?” da podele svoje iskustvo na sajtu tog projekta, kao i u javnim diskusijama, a kao lokacije za izvođenje sugerisala je železničke stanice, ženske kuće, izbegličke kampove za ljude bez isprava, tržne centre, aerodrome, stanice metroa…

Tanja Ostojić, Misplaced Women?, Marsej, 20.9.2013, uz učešće: Jane Kay Park, Emma-Edvige Ungaro, Alix Denambride, Kim Mc Cafferty, Robyn Hambrook, Helen Averley Patricia Verity i Tanja Ostojić

U okviru festivala Live Action, koji se održava deseti put, Tanja Ostojić izvešće i novu verziju performansa iz takođe dugogodišnjeg serijala “Naked Life” koji je fokusiran na diskriminaciju Roma. Tanja Ostojić trenutno, kako je rekla za SEEcult.org, istražuje dugu istoriju diskriminacije Roma u Švedskoj – od 18. veka do danas, uključujući holokaust i prinudnu sterilizaciju romskih žena za vreme socijalizma u Švedskoj.

Tanja Ostojić će performans “Naked Life 4” izvesti 6. septembra u večernjem programu festivala “Live Action”, na kojem učestvuje sa još sedmoro umetnika iz različitih delova sveta.

Umetnici su pozvani da simultano predstave svoje radove u javnom prostoru u različitim delovima Geteborga, a među njima su Jörgen Svensson iz Švedske, Pekka Kainulainen (Finska), Chuyia Chia (Švedska/Malezija), Bonnie Tchien (Tajvan), Sioban Mullen (Velika Britanija), Yann Marussich (Švajcarska), Julien Blaine (Francuska), Lu Xiao (Kina) i Ali Al-Fatlawi i Wathiq Al-Ameri (Irak/Švajcarska).

Osnovna ideja festivala Live Action je da predstavi umetnost performansa u javnom prostoru, koji koriste građani u svakodnevnom životu, svi imaju pravo pristupa i pripada svima.

*Foto na vrhu: Tanja Ostojić, Misplaced Women?, aerodrom Geteborg, 2.9.2015, produkcija Live Action, foto: Li Qi Jian

(SEEcult.org)

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