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Performances by Pavana Reid (left) and Sylvain Souklaye (right). Copenhagen 2019. Photos by Sufi Karin and Intan Rafiza.

MOTHER (2019)

Performance by Pavana Reid

Pavana left Thailand in 1988 to immigrate to Northern Ireland UK, and since then she has slowly disconnected from Thai culture and religion/ritual practice. In the performance festival State-Less-Mind, Pavana takes on subjects of religion and belief in between two cultures. Following the death of her mother, Pavana had collected some of her mother’s clothes, which she used to wear when she was still alive. Pavana will use the selection of sarongs and objects that are common in Thai rituals in her performance to express her memory, her thought and feeling, which have been going through her mind. She aims to communicate through the platform of performance art with her body, materials and her concept to express her emotional story connected to her recent personal loss.


Performance by Sylvain Souklaye

ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE acts as a sensitive and intense interaction between two strangers connecting physically and symbolically with one another.

With ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE performer artist Sylvain Souklaye questions how our endless and unlimited digital self can cope inside a huis-clos for two and without appended smartphones to deflect the moment.

ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE’s attempt is to set a familiar environment leading the performer and a visitor to acknowledge the most primal need for humanity: I see you, you exist, therefore “I” exist.

ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE is an experimentation involving hands, eyes, and souls. It aims to extract the performer and a visitor from the rest of the data stream during an unconventional handover.

ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE tests the limits of subtle physical interactions in a small hidden space while the most intimate parts of our life are becoming open source and exhibited.

Are we so disconnected that we are unable to wrestle with the idea of opening our personal space to a stranger for a brief moment? 

With ARM WRESTLING FOR TWO, PLEASE performer artist Sylvain Souklaye sets the table… two chairs, cellular souls and sights.


Performance by Chuyia Chia

"Watching the dying garden in a September autumn, my thoughts wander around the garden, thought of harvest, thought of preparation for winter to come; before the death of everything, before they are all buried in snow. My mind flew to the human catastrophy and the dissappearing of the Amazon, I thought, how can I rest while the rainforest has gone? How can I bury the mind under snow, pretending everything is clean and peaceful?"

Chuyia explores painting, installation art, digital representation and performance art. Her works focus on global issues especially concerning environmental issues, food, identity and culture. She expresses meaning through action, looking at perspectives on how body language and action perform in different contexts, able to communicate to the viewer prior to knowledge.

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