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Spell 8: Spell for cross-border ecologies-a herbal journey across performing borders archive | Diana Damian Martin

14th April 2021

This work is part of the performingborders 2021 commission Spells for a border town (retrocedare) by Diana Damian Martin.

A herbal micro-journey across the performing borders archive

Anason (Aniseed)
On the right of love and movement (Lavender Man- Tania El Khoury and Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi)

Ciuboțica-cucului (Primrose)
On border contradictions and acts of mis-handling (Tara Fatehi Irani)

Cătină (Seabuckthorn)
‘I do not explore anything. I record and tell.’ (Bojana Barltrop)

Măghiran (Marjoram)
On becoming migrant and the fragility of democracy (Pelin Başaran)

Nalbă ( Mallow)
On crisis and resistance (Marilena Zaroulia)

Soc (Elderflower)
Ill-discipline (Kai Syng Tan)

Gălbenele (Marigold)
Breathing Space (Annie Jael Kwan and participants for Returning to Home)

Roiniță (Lemon Balm)
Bordered Bodies (Tanjia Ostjić)

Afin (Bilberry)
Queering borders (interview series)

This commission is a part of the performingborders 2021 programme. The full commission by Diana Damian Martin can be seen here: Spells for a border town (retrocedare).

Diana Damian Martin is an artist and researcher, working at the intersection between writing, politics and performance. Her work concerns alternative critical epistemologies and feminist modes of exchange, interventionist and political performance and the ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a distinct focus on Eastern Europe.Recent collaborations include performing borders, The Albany, Dansehallerne, The Wellcome Collection and Tate Modern. She co-hosts The Department of Feminist Conversations and Something Other, and co-runs the Serbo-Romanian critical cooperative Critical Interruptions, artistic research committee Generative Constraints and is a core member of Migrants in Culture. Her recent publications include (states of)wake: Dedicating Performance and Critical Interruptions Vol 1: Steakhouse LIVE. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and once appeared in an issue of Private Eye, where her work was described as obscure, impenetrable and unclear. Twitter: @DianaADamian

Featured image credits: Diana Damian Martin