PASTLIVES x SASAHARA
July 13, 2022 - October 1, 2022
Opening/Performance: September 13th, 21:00
Mordorkore’s fantasy rave: September 17th, 22:00
Exhibition on view until October 1st, 2022
PASTLIVES is the second solo-show of the Amsterdam-based artist SasaHara, who collaborates with a team of queer artists to give physicality to their mythological storytelling works. The exhibition will take place in ISO Amsterdam, as part of the off-program of UNSEEN Amsterdam.
Over the past years SasaHara has started long-term research on the making of queer mythologies, the vectors of mythological communication and multimedia storytelling. This research has been gathered under the title “SasaHara Past Lives”, taking their body as a catalyst for untold queer stories and giving them a space to exist in for eternity through mythological storytelling. For this research they reconnect with the theater background gathered during their youth, and activate it through the drag-transformism craft they have developed since then, in combination with text writing, performance direction and collaborating with other artists.
PASTLIVES is an immersive theater project in the format of an exhibition. The scenography of the theater-work remains after the show to constitute an exhibition that will stay for a few days. This is the second step of the research they are currently conducting around queer mythologies. This research is based on their writing of myths depicting queer narratives through fantasy literature, then the making of the characters through their drag art, and eventually collaborations with other artists to document each story through other mediums. In PASTLIVES, they want to develop a new type of theater experiment, where all the stories would connect into one immersive theater format. It will be the presentation of a meta-story through a multimedia theater work. During this immersive piece, the public will sometimes watch videos, sometimes listen to audio works, and eventually watch performers act, with the objective to knit these stories together into a meta-mythology of queerness.
PASTLIVES is a collaboration between SasaHara and Ramzart, Patrick Schmatzer, Rozy Sapelkine, jujulov3 and Basse Stittgen
For more about SasaHara’s work:
With the support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK)