THE TROJANS – Benaki Museum – support of EMST & NEON
? THE TROJANS | ANIMA CAPTUS Benaki Museum | Pireos 138
Long Durational Performance inside an installation (96 hours)
Rafika Chawishe- Mihalis Argyrou
George Stamatakis- peripheral visual space curating.
With the support of NEON.
Forty naked human bodies packed in a sterilized space resembling a crematorium, a morgue, a place for storing meat∙ bodies exposed to risk. A room full of mouths reproducing excerpts from political speeches and prophecies confirmed or disproved by History. Ten performers –souls trapped in an arid place, using every means possible, even silence, to bring forth wounds acquired from their personal or ancestral involuntary translocations, discussing the concepts of citizenship, nationality and “belonging”.
It is a fleeing picture of the universe of a multidimensional performance/ installation, conceived by actress and director Rafika Sauis and creative artist Michalis Argyros, titled “Anima Captus-Trojan women”. The 96-hour performance is taking place inside a labyrinthine structure people can visit in the New Benaki Museum, where it will be housed.
Reference to Euripides’ drama “Trojan Women” is inevitable, since the unsurpassed work of ancient Greek Literature is about war and persecuted people.
In a lengthy performance focused on the notion of the” geographic scar”, the artists use their bodies to participate in a stasimon of “Trojan women”.
In this work the spectator is following a four day-long interactive route. The ten main performers, originating from Greece, Afganistan, Syria and Iran will be living inside the museum, in total silence, for four days. However, people can visit the installation only during the museum’s opening hours.