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Performing Memories I


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00

In English

Performance by Tatiana Koroleva 

Zero Gravity, interactive performance

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Black Box

Technical requirements: a chair, empty floor and wall space, clean up after the performance


In 2006, Koroleva immigrated to the United Stated and travelled extensively around the world for the following thirteen years. Usually, all of her belongings could fit in one suitcase and a backpack. In everyday life, she learnt to rely on temporary and often disposable objects that were devoid of any sentimental value, history, and cultural and personal meaning. Continuous changes in her location have also brought to the surface an acute understanding of temporality of friendships, relationships, and all attachments, at large.

In this project, she explores the variety of facets of migrants’ psychology in its relation to memory, time, place, and space. In late-capitalist cultures, and specifically, in multicultural context of Montreal, migration affects large parts of the population. This work searches for common denominators in all migrants’ experiences. Who do we become through the simultaneous and self-contradictory processes of migration that nourish multiculturalism as well as nationalism all over the planet? Where do we belong to in this continuously changing world? How does this continuous change of location and personal transformation affect our sense of history, tradition and culture? This performance searches for ways to reclaim a sense of home and belonging in the process of migration and to question the limits of authenticity of cultural origin and cultural identity in contemporary world.

The project unfolds as a series of live art actions aimed at mapping the world of global migrants. My personal history of immigration documented in my diaries, letters, and poems becomes the central point of departure. I share intimate narratives through spoken word, body art and performance of endurance. The performance goes through a series of gestures of building and eventually destroying temporary emotional landscapes driven by nostalgia and understanding of temporality of human life.

Venue / Lieu: ALLab (LB-1042)

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