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PRACTICAL AESTHETICS: NEGOTIATING SICKNESS IN SERBIA AND MACEDONIA

Master’s Thesis, Culture and Performance University of California, Los Angeles 2018 Abstract: As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in Macedonia and eastern Serbia negotiate the materiality of the sick body by facilitating aesthetic encounters. Bajanje healers manipulate words, lead, plants, water,

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PRACTICAL AESTHETICS: NEGOTIATING SICKNESS IN SERBIA AND MACEDONIA

Master’s Thesis, Culture and Performance University of California, Los Angeles 2018 Abstract: As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in Macedonia and eastern Serbia negotiate the materiality of the sick body by facilitating aesthetic encounters. Bajanje healers manipulate words, lead, plants, water,

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EVERYDAY WE KEEP ASKING

Performance documenting the completion of a treatment for a love basma. The treatment was prescribed by a vračar near Majdanpek, Serbia. Filmed on August 5, 2017 in Valja Prerast, Serbia Note: These video stills serve as documentation of a live

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EVERYDAY WE KEEP ASKING

Performance documenting the completion of a treatment for a love basma. The treatment was prescribed by a vračar near Majdanpek, Serbia. Filmed on August 5, 2017 in Valja Prerast, Serbia Note: These video stills serve as documentation of a live

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Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of Health in History

  I will be presenting my paper, “Practical Aesthetics: Negotiating Sickness in Eastern Serbia” at Rice University’s Graduate Art History Conference. As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in eastern Serbia negotiate the materiality of the sick body through aesthetic schemas, which

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Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of Health in History

  I will be presenting my paper, “Practical Aesthetics: Negotiating Sickness in Eastern Serbia” at Rice University’s Graduate Art History Conference. As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in eastern Serbia negotiate the materiality of the sick body through aesthetic schemas, which

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Practical Aesthetics

As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in eastern Serbia collaborate with sick bodies to produce aesthetic schemas, which act as social interfaces between healers and the sick. By manipulating senses of time, sound, smell, and texture these healers materially transform sickness

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Practical Aesthetics

As cultural practitioners, traditional healers in eastern Serbia collaborate with sick bodies to produce aesthetic schemas, which act as social interfaces between healers and the sick. By manipulating senses of time, sound, smell, and texture these healers materially transform sickness

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LABORS OF LANDSCAPE

Collaboration with Zachary Tate Porter and Mari Beltran. Performed as part of One Night Stand LA, 2017 at the Royal Viking Motel. Duration: 3.5 hours Read more information here Note: This video serves as documentation of a live performance and

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LABORS OF LANDSCAPE

Collaboration with Zachary Tate Porter and Mari Beltran. Performed as part of One Night Stand LA, 2017 at the Royal Viking Motel. Duration: 3.5 hours Read more information here Note: This video serves as documentation of a live performance and

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One Night Stand: Last Call

On Saturday, May 20th, I will be performing at One Night Stand: Last Call at the Royal Viking Motel in Los Angeles. This performance is a collaboration with Zachary Tate Porter and Mari Beltran. Join us from 6-11pm for a

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One Night Stand: Last Call

On Saturday, May 20th, I will be performing at One Night Stand: Last Call at the Royal Viking Motel in Los Angeles. This performance is a collaboration with Zachary Tate Porter and Mari Beltran. Join us from 6-11pm for a

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Can I Hear You Now?

If art seeks to reflect, unsettle, and subvert our realities, how are we working to create these dialogues in the spaces that need it most? Catalyzed by recent events and supported by a perpetual gnawing curiosity, this presentation asks us

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Can I Hear You Now?

If art seeks to reflect, unsettle, and subvert our realities, how are we working to create these dialogues in the spaces that need it most? Catalyzed by recent events and supported by a perpetual gnawing curiosity, this presentation asks us

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Participation in Franko B’s Death and Romance

Death & Romance: A journey through the personal, political and poetic. A workshop with Franko B. Curated by Maurizzio Coccia. Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary – Centre for Contemporary Art, Trevi (Perugia), Italy (29 August – 3 September 2016) The project aims

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Participation in Franko B’s Death and Romance

Death & Romance: A journey through the personal, political and poetic. A workshop with Franko B. Curated by Maurizzio Coccia. Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary – Centre for Contemporary Art, Trevi (Perugia), Italy (29 August – 3 September 2016) The project aims

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STOP DREAMING

  A three hour durational performance laying on a bed of blackberry thorns in Trevi, Italy. September 3, 2016. Part of Franko B’s Death and Romance exhibition at Palazzo Lucarini. Note: These photographs serve as documentation of a live performance and

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STOP DREAMING

  A three hour durational performance laying on a bed of blackberry thorns in Trevi, Italy. September 3, 2016. Part of Franko B’s Death and Romance exhibition at Palazzo Lucarini. Note: These photographs serve as documentation of a live performance and

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MELTING OUR FEAR

Performance documenting the completion of a treatment for Salivanje strava, or melting the fear–a Balkan bajanje medicinal practice for eliminating fear. The treatment was prescribed by a bajalica near Skopje, Macedonia. Filmed on August 27, 2016 on Veliko ratno ostrvo

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MELTING OUR FEAR

Performance documenting the completion of a treatment for Salivanje strava, or melting the fear–a Balkan bajanje medicinal practice for eliminating fear. The treatment was prescribed by a bajalica near Skopje, Macedonia. Filmed on August 27, 2016 on Veliko ratno ostrvo

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