Between the living and the dead
30 minutes approx.
This performance was a site specific response for the project Texting Being at Theertha International Performance Platform, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The site I chose to interact and perform had a series of butcher shops in one of the main market complex at Borella junction. These shops were illegal settlement under a government building where a variety of meat is sold from morning to late evening every day.
(Because of its illegal presence documentation of the whole performance was not allowed.)
Using texts as an extension of the performance I invited my viewers to stamp ‘eyes to see’, ‘nose to smell’, ‘tongue to taste’, ‘ear to hear’ & ‘skin to touch’ with blood on my body. The action of stamping on my flesh left blood stains on my body and their hands. The action of stamping is a reminder of our indirect involvement with the contemporary political instability around us. We cannot forget the fact that we live in between the living and the dead now.
A 21-second video link from the performance of people stamping: https://youtu.be/pvhyxiFs-yQ