The Exponential Festival: "extent of explosive lament" by Lorene Bouboushian
A somatic process of extricating my cultural conditioning and experience through voice, movement, and being-in-extremis. I confront my whiteness and my Armenian/Lebanese heritage, working class background and elite college education, kale salads and food stamps. I activate my body as an ever-liminal, ever-contentious site: I am the crier of doom and the insulated princess.
I’m putting my post-colonial, transnational, low-fat whiteness on sale.
Everything is thrown into relief, via a praxis that collaborates with the entire performance situation, sliding between our meta-political selves.
I seek a destabilizing exhumation of my power, my trauma.
Lorene Bouboushian is a performance artist and educator originally from rural Texas, who utilizes "self-exposure and vulnerability in real, risky ways" [CultureBot, 2011] and produces “thought-provoking commentary on social limits” [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016]. www.lorenebouboushian.org
photo by farrington llewellyn
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