A passport is an official identification document meant to link your body and your name to where you come from and where you are authorised to go. These documents that show that you are a legal citizen of a country, have varying degrees of power. While certain passports allow travel to almost anywhere in the world without any hindrance, travel for many citizens is heavily restricted.
This is a satirical modern ritual triggered by degrading and intrusive processes certain citizens have come to accept and undergo as normal to enter another country – processes which perpetuate inequality based on citizenship.
Note that this performance takes place in various public spaces.
Concept, Performance, Creation – Venuri Perera
Venuri Perera attends the National Arts Festival as part of Portals Next, a joint project across Kaserne Basel (Switzerland), National Arts Festival (Makhanda, South Africa), camaguTshawe (Gqeberha, South Africa) and Sahyande Theatre (Attappadi, India). Portals Next aims to become a sustained network of residency structures, connecting to expanding networks of artists and curators attentive to local and global audiences. This inception stage of Portals Next is supported by Pro Helvetia.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Venuri Perera is a choreographer, performance artist, curator and educator from Colombo. Since 2017 she has been exploring the power dynamics of gaze, anonymity, sensuality, and intimacy through performative experiments in public space, theaters and galleries. Her solo works have dealt with violent nationalism, patriarchy, border rituals, colonial heritage, and class. They were shown in festivals and biennales across Europe, South and East Asia including Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Art Basel, SIFA Singapore, TPAM Yokohama, Dhaka Art Summit, Asia Triennial Manchester. Venuri was curator of the programmes of Colombo Dance Platform since 2016 and a member of the multidisciplinary independent artist collective ‘The Packet’. Trying to create conditions for radical love in her work and life but mostly failing, she remains optimistic.