Ofri Lapid {under construction}

            Sprach Tournee
            On the Surface of Text
            Performing Blackouts
            Quircabue Yuiyui
            Nahargarth +
            Partapur Showcases

©2024 Ofri Lapid

→ On the Surface of Text, 2017-2021

On the Surface of Text: A reading sessions with props

– Harburger Bahnhof Kunstverein, Hamburg, 2017
– TellTales Festival, Orga Orga, Mainz, 2017
– Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, 2018.
– Colleex, Cieszyn, Poland, July, 2019
– Göttinger Centrums fur Geschlechterforschung, September 2019
– CfP Workshop European Network for Queer Anthropology, September 2019
– Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology, Humboldt University, December, 2019
– Gallery in HFBK University, Hamburg, January, 2020

The reading session examines the manner in which literacy plays a role in the establishment of colonial power. It follows the story of Sankama, “the first of the Amazonian Piro tribe who claimed to know how to read,” (Peter Gow, 2001) which was put down in writing in 1947 by the missionary and linguist, Esther Matteson. In the story, Sankama expresses his outlook on the condition of his people through a radical, critical oral performance. By claiming he is able to read the newspapers that his white patrons threw away, Sankama prophesies the arrival of airplanes with Western goods and the uprising of the colonized people.

The text for the reading session is featured through various objects; paper airplanes, branches, sheets of paper, prints on T-shirts and field recordings taken with members of the Yine (*aka Piro) community in Pucallpa, Peru. The items are scattered throughout the room and the reading of the text is done voluntarily from one object to the next.