Original concept: Vaya Kapousidou *
Performance: Vaya Kapousidou
camera/editing: Fenia Kotsopoulou
sound design : Fenia Kotsopoulou - based on original music by Andy Penny.
Year of production:2013/2016
If you ask me which is the most safe place, I'll tell you: the Womb...or at least, the idea of going back there. I close my eyes to find myself floating inside this warm, fluid cocoon, that separates me from the outside world. Here, I know no sorrow or pain. Here, I can deceive myself into finding lost parts of myself, before being again expelled.
In this video, the maternal body embodies the very ambiguous abject space that we fear but, also, we are longing to go back to in search of safety and self-integrity. The amniotic fluid becomes a source of life within the abject body, where the fetus learns to move its limbs and breathe, before being expelled.
The original concept arrives from artist's Vaya Kapousidou experiments during her practice as research project "Ethics of Apathy", based on Kristeva's abject theory, dealing with the grotesque, leaky body and the ambiguous division of the mother/child during pregnancy or separation during abortion.