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…”

The artist 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 their 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. They walk above, throw up, sit on, lie on that broken mirrors. They keep the pebble stones in their mouth for 6 hours and finish by reading a little intimate text written by them.