Siyapaa is a Punjabi mourning ritual, often performed by women following death with inter-class, inter-caste, and inter-religious dimensions. Connotations of the term have shifted and siyapaa is often translated to mean ‘problem,’ or ‘trouble’ in contemporary contexts, at the erasure of its earlier meaning. The project is a recuperation of siyapaa, a return to its gendered agency; an assimilation of personal memory archives and contemporary representations. It takes the form of a performance-lecture and video that motions towards the future of siyapaa in a technology-mediated environment while maintaining a discourse of its embodied experience as a gathering. This performance metamorphosizes the tradition to objects, sounds, and images engaging the body as a whole. We question the socially learnt performance of mourning and its instructional and procedural nature as embodied in gestures of mourning, the beating of the chest and the lament/wail, through the poetics of the absurd and futile.
In Partnership with Rungh Magazine. With special thanks to the Hatch Art Gallery (UBC) and the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA).
Please join us on:
Saturday, June 23 from 3-4:30PM
Hatch Art Gallery, UBC NEST, Room 2126
6133 University Blvd, UBC
This event is free and open to the public.