Fadwa Bouziane artistic practice is based on personal experiences as a racialized woman. Her research examines how performance art and storytelling are catalysts to transform trauma embedded in the body. Bouziane use performance art to analyze connections between identity, body and mind. Her movement-based practice unpacks long-term tensions stored in the body. According to current literature, trauma can become ritualistic and expressed through maladaptive coping mechanisms. These provide an outlet for overwhelming feelings and emotions associated with both childhood trauma and ongoing social oppression layered on those formative experiences. In the book ‘The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma’ Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D . explains that rhythmic gestures such as rocking and drumming, help control traumatic flashbacks. Fadwa Bouziane contribution to current research is the exploration of how repetitive movements create ritualistic atmospheres mimicking social experiences endured by racialized communities.
“Kingfisher” research residency is organised by Doctoral Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts in collaboration with SODAS 2123. All residents will have artist-research talk and present and/or perform their work in the Research Symposium “Not Quite King, Not Quite Fish” which will happen on the November 8-11th at Vilnius Academy of Arts and SODAS 2123. More https://www.vda.lt/en/doctoral-studies/postgraduate-studies/events-and-exhibitions/research-symposium-2023
SODAS 2123 residency program supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius city municipality.