Misplaced Women? is an ongoing art project by Tanja Ostoji, Berlin based internationally renowned performance and interdisciplinary artist of Serbian origin.

 

We have been fortunate to work in collaboration with Tanja and our work is considered a part of her generous project. Besides performing various "unpacking" performances, she gave permission for us to perform a version of her piece "Naked life".

 

The following is from the Mispalaced Women website:

 

"The project consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists, students and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life activity that signifies a displacement as common to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as it is to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances are continuing themes of migration, desired mobility, and relations of power and vulnerability in regards to the mobile and in the first line female body as in numerous previous works of mine.

 

Participants are invited to perform Misplaced Women? and to share there experiences on the web blog and during public discussions. Locations for performances suggested include migration specific places: train stations, airports, borders, underground, police stations, refugee camps, specific parks, prisons, etc. Contributions are posted in the form of images, notes, stories or videos to the projects blog: There are over 90 blog entires published since 2009.

 

While contributing to one of group performances or a performance of their own, participants get an opportunity to develop sensibilities for related issues and processes, and that´s the point where in my opinion important questions start to open up. The results of the workshop are as important as the processes them self that are being documented, archived and written about by most of the participants. Sometimes very valuable contributions occur, such as “coming out” by Marta Nitecka Barche of Polish origin, doctoral student from the University of Aberdeen who spent three weeks in a regular prison in the USA several years earlier because her visa expired. She wrote about humiliation and shame she experienced in regard to this administrative problem, that has been dealt with while she was handcuffed and ankle-cuffed. Marta´s story has been archived in the section Stories of the project web-blog."

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