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'traeh elttil ym ,lous ym : my soul, my little heart' by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė at OnCurating, Zurich

Ages, nations, mortals mere
run away beyond the rim
like a playful water stream
in the Nature’s bending mirror.

Velimir Khlebnikov

Gawęda’s and Kulbokaitė’s current work is based on Slavic and Baltic oral traditions and filled with pagan deities. Fluid in their gender and speaking in tongues these demons are conjuring a world without a separation of past, present and future, the human and non-human, the human and natural forces, the living and the dead. On Thursdays or most notably on October 31, the forefathers or dziady would pay the living, who would let doors and windows open and put food outside, a visit. Food was also handed out to the poorer members of society as dziad simultaneously meant a ‚poor person‘, leaving only little linguistic disjunction between being ancestor or family, and being poor. These rituals, witnesses of transcultural and transhistorical signifiers across disciplinary, social, geographic, and traditional boundaries reveal that the past was never actually ‘past’ at all. The dead, drowned, burned and buried live—they have always lived—in the spill, in the cyclical time, landscape and in folk horror.

With traeh elttil ym ,lous ym : my soul, my little heart the artists are evoking the eerie, inspired by tales and figures from a pre-communist and pre-capitalist past, where the coexistence of the living, dead and undead was built on respect and care. Through a mythico-poetic lense the artists are inspired by the ideas that have been guiding Russian cosmism: the past, the present, the future only represent fragments of the whole and continuous time that repeats itself elastically and cyclically in a circular development. It’s central ideas included the resurrection of all human ancestors, colonisation of all planets and stars, overcoming mortality with the help of technology and science. Cosmism aimed to replace God with human labour, opposed individualism, promoted the emancipation of the proletariat and fostered collaboration.
The invisible yet present fragrance Still Life reflects on our complex relationship with soil and the Earth, situated between attraction and repulsion, exploitation and preservation, instinct. The central piece of the exhibition, Mouthless Part II (Dziady) is a performance framed by a soundtrack which becomes the basis for interpretation, embodiment and improvisation. The choreography deploys repetition and reversed movement as a tool to illuminate the weirdness of the everyday. The ritual defies the strict sanctioning of the separation of the living from the dead imposed by the state. It opens a queer alliance between the conjurers and the various demons, dead, living and undead. Mouthless Part II (Dziady) will be presented as part of the Swiss Performance Art Award 2020 in Geneva on the 31st October 2020.

16.10.20 — 24.10.20

Curated by: Anastasia Chaguidouline

Performers: Tiran Normanson, Oscar Pawełko, Dorothea Rust

Sound design: Haraldur Thrastarson

Voices: Valentin Bezençon, Anastasia Chaguidouline, Abongile Gwele

Costume: Tim Heyduck with Manfred Elias Knorr

Make-up: Jasmin Berger

Fragrance produced in collaboration with International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.

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