Identity, Ritual, Resistance: Performing the Body in Southeast Asia

                                                                                                                       with Natasha Jozi

Course Description

This course is dedicated to the theoretical and practical exploration of the 'body' as a political tool, site of resistance, and a place of devotion in performance art from South and Southeast Asia. Through selected readings and the discussion of case studies, the course provides an introduction to the history of body-based performative practices in regions such as Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Iran, India, Pakistan, China, and Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, it investigates into the notion and the meaning of the body and performativity as a site of the (re-)construction of identity and the articulation of resistance against historical or political inflictions and censorship. It examines performative works concerning transnational developments, concepts or race and ethnicity, and trauma and loss. The course analyzes body-based practices such as ritualistic or mythological practices and their relationship to the shifting political and cultural landscapes of the region. 

The course is geared towards scholars, curators, and practicing artists who want to gain a critical understanding of performance art from South and Southeast Asia and its underlying themes and concepts. Each week, participants are invited to respond to the key concepts and practices discussed in the course by producing a work developed against their own personal background using performance, video, audio, text, or any other medium. 



About Natasha Jozi


Natasha Jozi is a Fulbright scholar, performance artist and curator from Pakistan, intersted in the collective human experiences and the intersection of science and the spiritual body. She has widely performed and exhibited her work in Colombo - Sri Lanka -, New York, Chicago, Delaware, Winnipeg - Canada -, Tetley - UK -, Fribourg - Switzerland-, and Venice. She is the founder and director of House Ltd., a platform that aims to promote performance art in Pakistan. Through her curatorial projects, she strives to generate critical discourse around the body, gender, and censorship. She is the recipient of the Prince Claus mobility grant. Jozi resides and works between Pakistan and Germany.


AVAILABILITY Places still available
DURATION October 7-28, 2022; Fridays, 4-6pm CET
TUITION FEE 175 € (no equipment required)



"This course exceeded my expectations! Not only did I learn a ton about performance art from regions I was previously not familiar with, through the practical exercises I was also able to infuse my own work with entirely new stimuli and explore concepts I had so far not even considered."

Course Image Caption
Natasha Jozi, "Saat Darya (Seven Rivers)", 2019, photo series, courtesy the artist