People talking in order of appearance: Tanja Ostojic, Nicholas Harris, Teresa Albor, Dagmara Bilon, Camila Canocchi and (voice over) Elena Marchevska.
This project clearly works with Derrida’s aporia. Tanja hosts a safe space that allows her workshop participants to open up and share their experiences. It also invites the participants to present their ideas, by performing them in a public space. Tanja Ostojic arrived in London on a cold December morning, towards the end of my residency. She listened curiously to our stories about the changing landscape of London and the British politics, and went on a long scouting walk with Katy Baird. During the two-day workshop Tanja opened a hospitable space. Participants were welcomed and guided, acknowledged and their ideas were nourished. Anecdotes were shared, objects were transformed, pictures circulated. During the two days in London, I felt that we tapped into each other’s experiences of displacement and loss. Hospitality became performative, it was about slow decision making, about the labour of hosting others, and the handling of unexpected outcomes. There was a willingness to contain and to produce space for the Other out of one’s own flesh and blood, we all walked together by the canal, simultaneously performers and audience. The days melted into one long discussion about what displacement means today. For me, the small acts of hope and care that each participant made created a ripple strong enough to go beyond the current climate of hostility.