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Head stance (Excerpt): Performance, 2' 29"
In Ethiopian culture images are hung upside-down during times of mourning. In this piece I'm standing on my head as a gesture of grief to commemorate the recent deaths of a migrant shipwreck.
For one who came from another continent, an automatic outsider, inversion is also a gesture that depicts the feeling of going against the norm, remaining static against the flow of the surrounding environment. Head stance can mean temporarily stoping to meditate on the internal and external conflict and dilemma at both feeling unable to assimilate and resisting assimilation.
When moving between places one's points of view are never consistent. I find a relationship to perception in vision, how our eyes perceive the world upside down until it reaches the brain to fix it/ convert it the correct way up.
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