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. 

Syllabus

 

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. 

http://natashajozi.com/index.html

 

AVAILABILITY Places still available
DURATION November 1-22, 2021; Mondays, 4-6pm CET
LOCATION online
LANGUAGE English
TUITION FEE 175 € (no equipment required)
APPLICATION DEADLINE October 30, 2021


                                                                                                                                                                                            

 


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