Text by Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins
On Thursday 12 November 2015 at 15:00hrs, Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art (CSM) will be performing at the Royal Academy – part of their Ai Weiwei events programme.
The Royal Academy has programmed unique performances by London-based recent graduates and art students who have created responses to a selection of Ai Weiwei’s blog posts and other key texts concerning Human Rights.
Here is what Mustafa has to say about his upcoming performance:
“My performance piece explores the idea that it is okay to be a character of indeterminate gender, sexuality, religion and political belief in the confides of an art gallery in London, but that in many places of the world it is still dangerous (and often illegal) to express any ‘deviance’ from imposed behavioural norms. I play a nameless veiled character who staggers around trying to make sense of the world and represents people who feel lost, displaced or vulnerable.
In this project I am trying to create a dialogue between feelings of compassion and threat. Some people might initially feel a bit unsettled by the strange character because they cannot pigeonhole its characteristics, but it has no voice and means no harm. Tension also exists between the comic and the sad. Some people might laugh and others might feel uncomfortable about the laughter. The performance asks viewers to question their feelings towards both the character and the reactions of other people in the gallery. Our perception of those in society who appear threatening, vulnerable, sad or comic is largely dependent on our own life experiences. I hope the performance encourages people to think about these relationships which, I believe, are especially important at this time.”