Hiroko Tsuchimoto

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Performance at Victoria Yards, Johannesburg, South Africa: Organized by Bag Factory Artists' Studio (April 2018)

How do we feel about feelings? Do we have to be happy all the time? Should we dismiss negative thoughts and get rid of the emotional pain? We can, and at times should. That we were taught in order to behave in a civilized manner. We know not to express feelings. “Don’t worry… Take a deep breath. Everything will be alright ;)”

The artist invited audience members to a performative session while walking around the beautiful site of Victoria Yards, where people can see the transition from the old laundry facility to the current creative community hub. She offered an opportunity to reflect on, resist and eventually overcome invisible social oppression. "It is a gentle process to engage a sense of your emotional state and to be aware of how you feel and where you stand now - by embracing an in transition, transforming place."