PUSSY. An ongoing performative research.

This performance is not just about pussy. But it‘s all about pussy.

Can we use our pussies as a tool to defy the current world order? It’s 2018, and pussy is still a central site of discrimination against women – whether through child-bearing and motherhood or through presenting the feminine as sexual objects/subjects, or other means. Have a pussy and you will inevitably experience discrimination. This in mind, this performance asks: should we centralize our pussies and utilize them to form a resistance? or perhaps we should de-centralize our pussies in resistance, in hopes that this de-centralization would decrease the level through which we’re essentialized as women?

Inspired by Carolee Schneemann’s ‘Interior Scroll’ and by thai ping pong shows, the presentation is a raw, intimate anti-performance. It mashes up some lecture-performance-style texts along with a very naked body, punk-diy choreography, lipstick, christmas lights, live music, serving in drag, and of course – pussy.

Can i imagine using my pussy in order to defy this world order? My pussy has been used as a tool of resistance basically since I discovered that it exists. At this point, I would like for my pussy to be, for once, not a tool of resistance at the face of oppression, but a site of refusal. A refusal to engage with oppression by abstaining from any activity that engages with it. I want my pussy to be a public NO and a private YES, to be used for my private means only. My pussy will be defiant in its absence — the absence from being coopted and used in the public sphere. Not everything in life is pussy. But everything in life is pussy.“

The performance is structured around a series of texts that string together an intersectional number of themes: abortion, the right not to have kids, conflating and reflecting on sex work vs. sexual labor in art-work, using children as demographic warfare, comparing preganancy as the body’s state of exception with the state of exception in palestine-israel during the second intifada, the meeting point between dark rooms and histories of migration, and more. This unlikely culmination of themes are discussed through a biographical, intimate and introspective lens.

Juxtaposed with the texts is the presence naked body, which fashions itself as an exaggerated grotesque caricature of femininity and feminine heteronormative sexuality. In order to abstain from replicating the predisposition of women as sexual objects, subjects, wombs or mothers or from any role based on having a pussy, the score for the body opts for actions using the pussy in a frivolous and useless manner. The result is a physical performance that appears at times circus-like, at times appears painful, and acts to reveal a modest and introspective nature that contradicts preconceived notions of what a naked feminine body would present as in a performance titled “PUSSY”. more often than not, the body-based performance acts as a mediation tool for the audience to access the intimate yet complex texts and to experience nudity and pussy outside of the limitations of the male gaze.

PUSSY. AN ONGOING PERFORMANTIVE RESEARCH features 2 songs co-written by myself and Hanno Stecher, aka Kalpour. It was created with the gratuitous input of Kathy Ann Tan, and with the help of a residency at Betonest, Germany.

PUSSY. AN ONGOING PERFORMANTIVE RESEARCH premiered at the 10th Berlin Biennale at the MasturBar events program, curated by Fabiana Faleiros, and received much love emotional positive feedback from the from the generous audience. Since then have been performed at the Queer Porto Film Festival, Lisbon, at Kabareet in Haifa, Palestine, at TaxispalaiS Kunsthalle in Innsbruck, Uncensored Festival at The Yard in London, and at ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.

I’m currently looking for more places to show it.
More material – coming up.

images by me, corina sauer, claudia brijbag and marina.

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