Sweet Thorn was conceived in Palestine and performed so far in Cape Town (2015), Seoul (2015), Jeju Island (2015) and Naples (2016).
Wearing a 50 metres barbed wire dress and 70 roses, Sweet Thorn is about displacement and postive transformation.
Naples, Italy (2016)
Performed for the Artperformingfestival.
Sweet Thorn, Naples (2016), performed in occasion of Artperformingfestival, curated by Gianni Nappa. Video by ViMagazine. Perfomance started from Spazio Nea (Bellini Square to Dante Square). Duration: 1 hour.
Cape Town, South Africa (2015)
Performed for the Institute of Palestine in South Africa and the Museum of Palestine in Cape Town.
Sweet Thorn, Cape Town (2015), performed for the Institute of Palestine in South Africa and the Museum of Palestine in Cape Town. Curated by Anis Daraghma.
Seoul and Jeju Island, South Korea (2015)
Performed for Jieaf Festival in Jeju Island and VAC Space in Seoul.
Sweet Thorn, Seoul (2015), performed in the VAC space. Music by Aloïs Yang.
London, United Kingdom (2017)
Photos by FAYEYES and Camille Leung
Description of Sweet Thorn
Dressed in 50 metres barbed wire and 70 roses. Blowing balloons with written words. Each word representing something I want to transform on earth. Slowly freeing myself from the wire with the use of a cutter. With the pieces of barbed wire a stem is created. Using the stem and the bursted balloon, I will make a white flower which will be given, together with a rose to a member of the audience as a cathartic action for transformation. Slowly getting totally free from the wire.
Walking in barbed wire represents the fact that everything can be taken but our essence will be impossible to be possessed by others and that although we can have a loss of property or objects, there will always be growth afterwards.
The idea of “Sweet thorn” emerged from my tour to Palestine and South Africa and was developed at IPSA (Institute of Palestine in South Africa). Sweet Thorn is inspired by the sound of “sweet sweet home”, in this case the home is my own body, the essence of my soul that can’t be taken by anyone.
“Sweet Thorn” does not only refers to Palestine but to all the refugees and people who found themselves displaced, forced to move to temporary areas. But also “Sweet Thorn” refers to occupation.
A thorn can be painful but after and during pain, there is always progressive life.
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