performance | 20 minutes
simultaneous actions from different locations
in the spirit of complicity with Rebecca Weeks, Ian Whitford, Poppy Jackson, Sohrab Kashani
Amsterdam. University of Amsterdam Theatre
an action declaring myself as a migrant by looking at my life as a series of numbers, numbers that signify constant movement and transformation. A suitcase is opened and I am there, I stuffed myself there the same way one stuffs a small suitcase for a Ryanair flight. I stay there a few moments longer before I decide to come out and perform my numbers.
As of this day, I migrant no. 5-28-4-7-8.1-X-5-19. I am subject to change without prior notice.
5 // shoe soles // languages i have learned to speak
28 // winter coat // houses where i have lived
4 // jersey // countries where i took up residence
7 // shirt // cities i have called home
8.1 // skin of my back // times i have crossed a border needing a visa, once refused
X // several hands touching my skin // nationalities of people i have for friends (lost count)
5 // armpits // lovers who shared my life and my bed
19 // the back of my thighs // my age when i announced to my mom i was gay, and everything else followed…
then one by one, all those present with me thought of their own numbers, and vocally declared themselves migrants too.