Lördag 6 oktober, 2019
On the last day of Whose Museum x KRETS, Chapter 4, we invite you to a celebration of the book release for Very Normal People by artist Anna M. Szaflarski.
This event will be Szaflarski’s first performance reading of her most recent publication Very Normal People, a collection of stories and illustrations on the subject of violence, in particular as it is experienced through the female body. The story begins as a story of domestic violence, but moves on to larger ideas of inter-human violence as well as violence that occurs between humans and non-humans. Szaflarski considers the rage and potential violence that she knowingly carries around inside of her. She questions the physical location of the woman’s corporeal boundary; expecting it to be the sturdy walls that define her unquestioned bodily property, instead to find that she doubts that they can actually protect her, even legally. And lastly, she leads the reader to ask, who owns these stories? Although personal stories of violence are so commonplace, why are so many discredited and minimized, while others are celebrated with praise and financial rewards?
For each performance, the artist will begin to incorporate new writing that introduces some of the responses that she has received to her stories and work. This performance will include the “reaction of the disgust”, as illustrated here in a panel from Szaflarski’s drawing series Normal Reactions. Instead of criticizing these reactions, the author wants to express how she has embodied them herself at some point and therefore can identify with them fully – only coming to realize the extent of their absurdity when on the receiving end.
This is the first of a series of such performances. Very Normal People will be available at Whose Museum x KRETS. Read more about it here.