a place to die

Photos by Lorenza Cini

4 hours
Live performance
Under the mentorship of VestAndPage
Venice International Performance Art Week Co-Creation Prologue I
Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
Curated by Francesco Carol Rolla, VestAndPage
14 December 2017 

I first called the ghosts of the stone. I closed my eyes to the world to look into their eyes.

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu explains a place to die as “a ritual; a research on&in the body, on&in the place to connect with a place she* has been for the very first time, to make it home for a while, to clean it and theirself from the ghosts of the past; a question about geographical & spatial belongings, death & rebirth, power&wound; a seeking for healing; a calling for getting stonger together.”

In a room with a ground that stones are spreading with straggling red rose petals on Darıcıoğlu draws houses by stones. After each stones she* prickles needle(s) on her* body. After each needles she* lays stones down above their body and lies down still for a while. After almost three and half hours first, she* carries all the stones with the ones which are drawn as houses in the middle of the room to around the mirror. After lying down on the mirror she* lays the stones on her* body prickled needles. She* lights a candle near to her* head and puts little candles among the stones above the needles for let the audience light.