Freedom of Movement?
Physical Quarantine by Bahzad Sulaiman
Video performance, running time, 4 mins
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Physical Quarantine is an artistically performative exploration of the state of quarantine. The focus is on the perception of body mass at home during the quarantine period. This documentation deals with the examination and reflection of predetermined questions and problems we are confronted with during the quarantine period. It is intended to be a journey of recovery and awareness of our body and our limited knowledge of the concept of the body and the psychological distance between it and the objects in the home. The form of fear and loss of confidence will be investigated. Which the body feels after the sudden isolation, through the social separation.
Bahzad Sulaiman, born 1991, is a Kurdish artist and performer from the far northeast of Syria. He has been living in Germany since 2016 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from the University of the Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Stage Design from the Theatre Academy in Damascus. In July 2019, he received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the HBKsaar–Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, where he has now a lectureship in Performance Arts.
Bahzad Sulaiman’s work deals with the concept of body, space and partly improvisational forms of movement. With sound and without sound components, however, it is possible to use the body as an instrument in space, to create a dialogue between the body and the spectator, and to create a relationship between several elements. This includes the relationship between perception and the body as sculpture mass in this spatial context.