The young Iranian artist Sorour Darabi is to be seen for the first time in CAMPO. With his/her earlier work Farci.e, a performance about the fluidity of identity and suffocating gender constraints, s.he gained lots of (international) recognition. Darabi’s latest creation, Savušun سووشوون (Mourning the death of Siyâvash), weaves together the Shiite mourning ceremonies of the month of Muharram with a more personal story about mourning, fear and pain.
Between genuine and symbolic suffering, Darabi shows how complex and contradictory these emotions can be and how their experience is dominated by fossilized norms and values. With gestures that are equally elegant and grotesque, s.he reassesses the pain and fear with which minorities struggle, turning them into a manifest force. Like an ode to vulnerability, Savušun ranges from consolation to discomfort, from tenderness to cruelty, from toxic masculinity to hybrid identity.
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