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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

THE G—RAY AREA

Ava Ansari

The Grey Area The Grey Area
The Grey Area
These performances by Ava Ansari are part of the Institute for the Humanities exhibition "For Your Eyes Only." Intended to activate the space, the performances bring to life the installation by further exploring the positioning of the body and the viewer.

Both the exhibition and the performances are designed to be viewed from the Thayer St. windows of the Institute for the Humanities Gallery.

Performance Times: March 13: 4:30-5pm, 6-6:30pm, 7:30-8pm.

From the artist:
"If you come by, make it soft and slow, don’t break my glassy agility."*

The G—ray Area is the isolation and expansion of skin-depth in close proximity celebrations. Working with The G—ray Area, prepares us for removing and releasing public pains accumulated through insensitive norms of togetherness. The heterotopic transmedia space is an open journal of personal and familial celebrations of the sensual body by Ava Ansari. It chooses Yasmine Diaz’s For Your Eyes Only as a safe space for revisiting Ava’s somatic, sonic, and scenic celebratory memories from the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) airstrikes, bedroom shadow dances, underground rules of thumb, a party arrest in Tehran, her planet IranUS, and a recent visit to Saturn. Borderline Knowledge will be the guardians.

1. Ava Ansari’s interpretation of an exerpt from a Persian poem by Sohrab Sepehri (1928-80, Iran). The poem is carved on Sepehri’s gravestone: به سراغ من اگر می آیید, نرم و آهسته بیایید, مبادا که ترک بردارد, چینی نازک تنهائی من

Ava Ansari is a transmedia poet, transcultural curator, and yogi (She/They). Ava is the Founding Director of Poetic Societies Global Network for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation in Detroit.

This project is supported by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.

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