Women Telling the Future, Palais de Rumine, Lausanne

Visitors are invited to participate in small tasks, learn the story of Vassilo, a figure stemming from the most mysterious side of the greek culture and enjoy their coffee made in the greek way.

The artists, V.Kostayola and S.Kouloukouri, put to stage their female friends who read the future in the coffee grains while they invite you to perform a series of symbolic “journeys” of introspection, all inspired by the greek traditional cultural sphere. Women Telling The Future is a performance on greek exoticism, on women emancipation and the contradictions of  the western gaze on the «woman of the east».

With: Christina Bisiritsa, Antonia Diakadoni, Pauline Huguet and Alexia Pasteels and the help of Séverine Altairac

Photos of the performance of the 3d of october 2020 by Michel Krafft

EXPOSITION EXOTIC WOMEN TELLING THE FUTURE – ÉVÉNEMENT EN FRANÇAIS Performance participative sous la forme d’un atelier divinatoire de lecture du marc de café. Ce projet du duo Vana Kostayola (KavecS) et Sofia Kouloukouri est un événement immersif où une pratique féminine grecque est délocalisée et insérée dans le contexte culturel suisse. Dates : Samedi 3 oct et dimanche 6 déc 2020. De 13h à 16h. Accueil à 13h, 13h45, 14h30. Durée, au moins 1h. Tarif : 15 fr. adulte / 12 fr. réduit / 7 fr. <25 ans. Sur inscription au plus tard à 12h la veille de l’évènement.

The event is part of the exhibition Exotic? Switzerland, Looking Outward in the Age of Enlightenment at Palais de Rumine, in Lausanne. The exhibition is the outcome of aprocess of long research by the art historian Noemie Etienne and her collaborators who problematise what was “exotic” in Switzerland of the 18th century and how Switzerland itself was exoticised by internal and external narratives. How and what was constructed as “swiss as the other” and also “the other of the swiss” puts in question the notion of identity and creates reactions. Who is missing from the dominant narratives? How these contributed to the national narrative of the country? How the naturalisation of social differences enabled the construction and division of and in societies, a subject treated by the gender studies proffesor Patricia Purtschert in the catalogue of the exhibition.

Book edited by Claire Brizon, Noémie Étienne, Chonja Lee and Étienne Wismer