A video performance about belonging
Making it's Belgian premiere, Գիշեր | gisher, is a poetic, live-art work engaging questions of space and place, land and geography, identity and belonging and, perhaps most of all, burning. Part video installation, part fire-side storytelling, Italian Armenian artist Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin's Գիշեր | gisher weaves the oral storytelling tradition(s) of the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region through the mediums of video, poetry, performance and print publication. Forming a meditative mosaic of autobiography and world geopolitical histories. The violences we experience as individuals and how they catch fire through the collective.
Գիշեր | gisher’s first performance in July 2020 coincided with the re-emergence of the conflict between Armenia and Turkey/Azerbaijan.
Nardin, with Armenian roots, often writes about this. The text below was published on their site:
“Impostor syndrome is ancestral heritage is
Yesterday I had so much fire that I had to lie on the
grass facing down with my palms on the ground. I
wanted to stop feeling my body burning so much.
Have I become my coping mechanisms?
I self sabotage by having a lot of opinions on the
love I receive. But I can never just receive love, who
the fuck does that? I am so tired. I am so tired.
(I don’t know who I am without my tiredness.)
I wish I could write before my own criticism before
this internalized hegemonic sense of worth.
Before the feeling that I haven’t thought of
everything, haven’t considered all the possible
potentially catastrophic things and wordings that
could destroy everything. Me.
Because it’s so confusing. Yes.
I was born on a Monday.”
Part of WTF…!,
Duration: 60 minutes
a co-presentation with VIERNULVIER (5xCAMPO is not valid here)