Sacred

I was invited to make a presentation at Conference Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies, April 2017 in Liverpool. The text below which I sent to them for their press release represents the wider strategies I use for my work. These include immediate, direct, human responses:

WE ARE THE SPACE

The thoughts for my work in Sacred Places changed considerably when I received an email from Poshya Kakl on 31st Jan, 2017, just after the ‘extreme vetting’ executive order for people entering the US.

I met this young Iraqi artist in Iraq-Kurdistan in 2008 and we collaborated there on several projects, leading me to reach out to form PAVES in 2009, a multilateral collective, with Vlasta Delimar from Croatia, Efi ben-David from Israel and Sinead O’Donnell from Belfast, N. Ireland, all artists who have experienced conflict, often tragedy, in their countries.

 After many visa refusals, Poshya finally went to USA to study.  Her email came from the States:

 Dear PAVES 

I am extremely hopeless and angry again.!……..I worked so hard to make it to go in the most liberal country and live in a place free from any borders, after working publicly against ISIS and doing 2 projects in USA it became impossible for me to go back to Iraq and I applied for Asylum two years ago but I didn’t even get interviewed yet …. The borders around the world became stronger, bolder, darker, redder, bloodier, And more violence and less humanitarian….. I am reached a point even art can’t express what I am going through…… But I don’t give up easily I grew up in war zones and survived in many hard situations so I learned enough to not give up easily! ……..

Our ongoing connection and sense of each other ‘being in the world’ is an abstract, uncatchable space and yet I know that the five of us recognise it as a defined place. This is a sacred space. WE are that space. It has no physical or geographical borders. No laws can change that. That is what makes it boundless with infinite potential. In each of their countries, at exactly the time of my presentation these 4 other artists will be doing actions and our strong awareness of each other will be the primary underpinning of the performance.

Dr Silvia Battista, who curated the conference, in an email to Poshya, Vlasta, Efi and Sinead after the presentation said:

…..your presences and voices were greatly felt and we were moved by the courage that emerged from the work that each of you is doing. 
Art and imagination opened the space of encounter, a space that is closed by unforgivable policies. 

We all loved the work you are doing, please continue regardless !!!

YOU WERE WITH US…

With respect and love,

Dr Silvia Battista

Sacred

I was invited to make a presentation at Conference Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies, April 2017 in Liverpool. The text below which I sent to them for their press release represents the wider strategies I use for my work. These include immediate, direct, human responses:

WE ARE THE SPACE

The thoughts for my work in Sacred Places changed considerably when I received an email from Poshya Kakl on 31st Jan, 2017, just after the ‘extreme vetting’ executive order for people entering the US.

I met this young Iraqi artist in Iraq-Kurdistan in 2008 and we collaborated there on several projects, leading me to reach out to form PAVES in 2009, a multilateral collective, with Vlasta Delimar from Croatia, Efi ben-David from Israel and Sinead O’Donnell from Belfast, N. Ireland, all artists who have experienced conflict, often tragedy, in their countries.

 After many visa refusals, Poshya finally went to USA to study.  Her email came from the States:

 Dear PAVES 

I am extremely hopeless and angry again.!……..I worked so hard to make it to go in the most liberal country and live in a place free from any borders, after working publicly against ISIS and doing 2 projects in USA it became impossible for me to go back to Iraq and I applied for Asylum two years ago but I didn’t even get interviewed yet …. The borders around the world became stronger, bolder, darker, redder, bloodier, And more violence and less humanitarian….. I am reached a point even art can’t express what I am going through…… But I don’t give up easily I grew up in war zones and survived in many hard situations so I learned enough to not give up easily! ……..

Our ongoing connection and sense of each other ‘being in the world’ is an abstract, uncatchable space and yet I know that the five of us recognise it as a defined place. This is a sacred space. WE are that space. It has no physical or geographical borders. No laws can change that. That is what makes it boundless with infinite potential. In each of their countries, at exactly the time of my presentation these 4 other artists will be doing actions and our strong awareness of each other will be the primary underpinning of the performance.

Dr Silvia Battista, who curated the conference, in an email to Poshya, Vlasta, Efi and Sinead after the presentation said:

…..your presences and voices were greatly felt and we were moved by the courage that emerged from the work that each of you is doing. 
Art and imagination opened the space of encounter, a space that is closed by unforgivable policies. 

We all loved the work you are doing, please continue regardless !!!

YOU WERE WITH US…

With respect and love,

Dr Silvia Battista