Women Telling the Future, Palais de Rumine

A project on greek exoticism, on women emancipation and on the contradictions of  the western gaze on the «woman of the east». Women read the futur in coffee grains, an audio of a while performing rituals of crawling on their knees and reflecting on their lives, smashing dishes at the end of their “trip” and listening to Vassilo’s story, a a figure stemming from the most mysterious side of the greek culture.

Espace Sold_Out, Geneva June 2019

Palais de Rumine, Lausanne, October 2020

FRAGMENTS & ABSENCES festival, Grand Palais, Bern, October 2021

A collaboration with Sophia Kouloukouri and Christina Bisiritsa, Antonia Diakadoni, Pauline Huguet, Alexia Pasteels, Beth Dillon and the help of Séverine Altairac.

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

The performance at Palais de Rumine was part of the exhibition Exotic? Switzerland, Looking Outward in the Age of Enlightenment. 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