What’s in a hug in pandemic times? We talk pillows while demons chat about air-conditional fever. Spineless strokes lean against the heating system. Here’s a proposal; let’s make it socially acceptable to dig one's nose in the dirt. Indulging in the non-sterile, exposing oneself to toxic damps, mental juggling - no need for direction indications in our room.
The room is the end of the route in which nests are built around the safety escape. The nests arise from the second stage in our sleep cycle informed by the obsessions of writing and rewriting. The earthy smell of turmeric leaks out, slowing the oxidation of the memory of the last hug we shared.
They told us it will become a social housing project, and our experiment was a fundraiser for a community center in Sarajevo. We thought it was great, because what’s a hug to a community center?
by Sadrie Alves, Günbike Erdemir, Flor Maesen, Stan D’Haene
Curcumina Anima was part of Bye Bye Bara in Brussels, Belgium, in March 2021, organized by Toestand VZW and Social Cultural Space Sarajevo.