Friday, 25 February 2011

25.02.2011



Cornu, gran cornu, ritortu cornu... (Part II)
performance documentation 
Firenze
25.02.2011
14.19-14.41

..."The natives weave their hair into fantastic shapes. If a person has very fine hair, he puts a few thorns in it to keep off the evil eye. Should the evil eye fall on his hair, his head would break out in sores."...



...   "Cornu, gran cornu, ritortu cornu;
Russa la pezza, tortu lu cornu,
tu fazzu scornu:
Vaju e ritornu,
Cornu! cornu! cornu!

Trans: Horn, big horn, twisted horn; Red the cloth, crooked the horn, I mock you: I go and come back, Horn! horn!  horn! "...


Source: The Evil Eye: A Case Book, Ed. Alan Dundes; University of Wisconsin Press, 1981, 1992
pp 83_Shilluk's Belief in the Evil Eye, by Rev. D.S.Oyler
pp 136_ Jettatura and the Evil Eye, by Giuseppe Pitrè
http://books.google.com/

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

23.02.2011

Of Fairies Witches Gypsies
My nourice sang to me:
Sua Gypsies Fairies Witches
I alsua syng to thee.




Source: Denham Tracts; or, A Few pictures of the Olden Time, in connection with The North of England and Isle of Man, Proverbs Relating to Fairies, Witches & Gipsies; only fifty copies; by Michael Denham; Newcastle-upon-Thyne, 1851; http://books.google.com/

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

22.02.2011



Lang Long: Pa yo pi sal yo met di sa yo vle deye lom
(Those who are dirtier can say what they want behind a man's back)
photographic documentation
Servite Convent of Montesenario
Montesenario 
22.02.2011
16.13h




Lang Long (Long Tongue) Racine Pierre
..."I started at Mardi Gras in 1983. The reason I started was to point out what people say in front of you is different from what they say behind your back. The tongue is a knife that cuts both ways. You must look up and look down, because something you don't see can always poke you in the eye. Words are not dirty themselves - but the way they are used can be bad."...


Source: "Kanaval, vodou, politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti", photography and oral history by Leah Gordon; words by Madison Smartt Bell, Don Cosentino, Richard Fleming, Kathy Smith & Myron Beasley; Soul Jazz Publishing, London 2010

Monday, 21 February 2011

21.02.2011




Mo (Blending in II)
performance documentation (flour)
Firenze
21.02.2011
14.32-14.37h

Revisiting Folklore theme from 16.01.2011. 
Changes in Space/Place.



Mo

Mo:"The Dead", those not smeared with blackened molasses but powdered and shrouded in white, the colour of death, the colour of Gede, lord of the Dead and regeneration.


Source: "Kanaval, vodou, politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti", photography and oral history by Leah Gordon; words by Madison Smartt Bell, Don Cosentino, Richard Fleming, Kathy Smith & Myron Beasley; Soul Jazz Publishing, London 2010

Friday, 11 February 2011

11.02.2011



Fear (blending in)
photographic documentation (red earth)
Firenze
11.02.2011
16.07h


"I had a lot of fear about people until I was about 28. What they will think, what they think of me, how unnatural I am and a feeling that I am transparent and that everyone knows and sees my troubles as soon as they see me. Fear of being judged badly by people I don't know. It's actually very present in Switzerland, because I don't speak the language and fear that people dislike me for it or think I'm stupid or a pain in the arse or an Invasive Unwelcome Person (IUP)."

Sunday, 6 February 2011

06.02.2011


Corner (fitting into an ill fitting corner)
photographic documentation
Firenze
06.02.2011
16.42h

"I feel lonely and totally uninspired by the space surrounding me and don't know how to proceed with my work in this space."