pəˈfɔːm(ə)ns – triptych 02

Series /pəˈfɔːm(ə)ns/: a silent story told, a statement, a performance. To lessen misunderstandings in this sensitive subject, let’s invoke the book of words, for, beyond words’ immediate denotations, they have connotative powers. The Process: Performance (Oxford Dictionary Online): 1. ‘An act of presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment’; performances are with physical movements but also with spoken words, sounds, noise, this in stark contrast with the contemplative silence of a photograph. Interesting to visualise this tension. Silenced: In general, we women are educated, we learn not to speak our minds ODO 2.1 ‘A task or operation seen in terms of how successfully it is performed.’ But, if we do speak our minds, it is often classified as ODO 1.2 ‘A display of exaggerated behaviour or a process involving a great deal of unnecessary time and effort; a fuss.’ Silenced twice: For people with vaginas, orgasms commonly come from the clitoris. Female Genital Mutilation: the most severe — infibulation — is the removal of the clitoris and parts of the external genitalia followed by stitching together of what remains. Words are like pearls, rolling formed, developed and cultivated over time, treasured, colourful, shiny, lustrous pearls of wisdom. Pearls, as pure and innocent symbolising the clitoris, have an imaginary value. The value of a word, of a clitoris. is what we designate for it. Title: /pəˈfɔːm(ə)ns/, which is the English pronunciation of the word 'performance' put in writing, is as intelligible when silence(d). ODO 2.4 ‘An individual's use of a language, i.e. what a speaker actually says, including hesitations, false starts, and errors. Often contrasted with competence’ The women of this series are, as women around the world, silenced twice. Triptychs, the centre locked in between two worlds, one mirroring the other; Series /pəˈfɔːm(ə)ns/: a silent story told, a statement, a performance. Jeddah, Aljohara.

How can art catalyze change?:
What is art without a message? Art is about communication. Exposing art (this series), in exhibitions and publications alike, almost all visitors engage in discussions that start with a simple question or remark. Seldom, people leave without an added value. How does social change occur? Like most things in life: with an engaging and promoted idea. If you reach people’s mind and/or heart, you contribute to change.

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