Salt to Soul by Riccardo Attanasio Matlakas

Performed by Riccardo Attanasio Matlakas
Music by Alois Yang
Curated by Anis Daraghma
Duration: 30 minutes

The idea of exhibiting “Salt to Soul” emerged from my tour to the West Bank’s refugee camps in Palestine and by observing Israeli settlements. It is also shaped by my tour to South Africa and its socio-political landscape.

“Salt to Soul” was developed and premiered for the Institute of Palestine in South Africa (IPSA) after a series of trips to Palestine and Cape Town.

It refers to the hostile world of war, injustice, destruction of our planet and the harassment of lives and people.

The performance begins with a line of salt dropping on his head, representing ancient and modern times. This represents Palestine’s history.

During the performance a pile of coal is smashed. The powder obtained is blown on glued objects so that the coal can stick to them.

At the end of the performance members of the audience are invited to wash the body of the performer as a symbol of healing and cleansing.

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