Paper is a leaf that will destroy us in its fall


  • Veem House for Performance 410 Van Diemenstraat Amsterdam, NH, 1013 CR Netherlands

In the oral tradition of the Lega - a group of people from the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo - the proverb string plays an important role. An average string carries 40-60 miniature objects, each representing a proverb and traditionally function as carriers of wisdom. The meaning of these objects is activated in social situations, told and re-told, often in a debate and discussion, by members of the community.Together with fellow-artists Esther Mugambi and Alex Zakkas, Sarah van Lamsweerde explores to what extent our individual tales are collective and how (un)common our places in the world are. More than making sense of this world, this performance looks for connections both mundane and mystical by examining seeds of thought, burning dorito’s and other breaths of fresh unknown.

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