calculus of mouth

photos by Mohosin Kabir, Mohammad Safkat Khan.

6 hours
Live performance
18th Asia Art Biennale Bangladesh Performance Pavillion “Live Stream”, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Curated by Mahburur Rahman
5 September 2018

sotto voce;

“can we clean the history; can we forget what our eyes have seen, our ears have heard; can we clean ourself from the dirt of being still witness in this age of infinite ordinary evilness; can we lick, choke down, digest what is remained in our bodies after all we absorb; can we really absorb what has going on and can we still be ourself with all these unspokens, hidden truths; can we see ourself in this black out; can we…”

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu explains calculus of mouth as a corporeal research on history, memory and testimony/witness on the basis of the one which cannot be spoken about, which cannot find a tongue, which stays in silence, in dark and an investigation for cleaning history and giving visibility to the invisible.  

Filling her* mouth with pebble stones the artist gets into contact with the broken mirrors which are shaped as a long rectangle in the center of the space. She* walks above, throws up, sits on, lies on that broken mirrors. She* keeps the pebble stones in their mouth for 6 hours and finishes by reading a little intimate text written by her*self.