Lecture-Performance ANNA – Palindrome of Behavior

Performance, Voin de Voin © Voin de Voin

Sa, 21.11.2020


Struktura Galerie

(Dieser Beitrag ist im Moment nur auf Englisch verfügbar)

Saturday, November 21st, 6.30 pm 
Structura Gallery, 9 Kuzman Shapkarev Str. 
Free entrance
ONLY WITH REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE at Praktikant2-Sofia@goethe.de (limited places)
online streaming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thaAVtcJhwM

In the context of Art and Politics (forum), I will present a snippet of my long-term sequence of research emerging in different formats, investigating intergenerational trauma and navigating anti-fascist propaganda as an artist and activist. The piece is dedicated to my grandmother Anna, who was an actress and gave up her career to join and dedicate herself to working with the agricultural party in Bulgaria at the time, a representative of the Democratic party. She ended up being tortured in prison in the 1930s in Sofia, Bulgaria because of her political views and activism.
The lecture performance ANNA – Palindrome of Behavior (2020) speaks about trauma passed down through generations via DNA; the existence of traumatic transmission, not only through the passing on of stories from parent to child by means of affective or unconscious cues but also by the imprinting of these events on DNA, through complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms. Through epigenetics, trauma mutates genes, affecting the lives of families across generations. My work focuses internally on the residues of these processes and seeks to expose these effects, telling stories of individuals or groups. It creates a portrait of the present via incorporated performative praxis leaning onto scientific discoveries, in order to deliver a reflective outcome and radical thought. The method so far has been to be fully aware, to re-direct, to transform, to give a place in the performance to experience and re-enact a traumatic collective insinuation – by this experience being witnessed and shared, trauma is surpassed and can be healed.
Reading List
  • Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978–1979, 2008, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion: The Dynamics of the Body and the Mind, 2002, Frog Books.
  • Alain Badiou, Can Politics be Thoughts, 1985, 2019, Duke University Press.
  • Alain Badiou, The Communist Hypothesis, 2015, Verso.
  • Bruno Latour, We have never been modern, 1993, Harvard University Press.
  • Giorgio Agamben, Idea of Prose, 1995. 
  • David Rattray, How I Became One of the Invisible, 1992, The MIT Press.
  • Patricia Kathleen Robertson, Connect With Your Ancestors: Transforming the Transgenerational Trauma of Your Family Tree: Exploring Systemic Healing, Inherited Emotional Genealogy, Entanglements, Epigenetics and Body Focused Systemic Constellations, 2017, BookBaby.
  • Mark Wolynn, It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle, 2017, Penguin Books.
The performance-lecture is part of the parallel programme of the exhibition “Art and Politics – Confrontations and Co-existence” in Structura Gallery. Organizers: Structura Gallery, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, ifa- Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.