life happens, and work happens

Photo: Saskia Nagel

I am now back in Berlin working on the project Meridian | Urban: Curatorial projects on Health, initiated by HKW.

This is particularly pertinent at this point in time – health being a big issue in my life. My mother is laid up in hospital in India, she was in a semi coma state when I last saw her. I do not know whether she can walk, talk, or feed herself again…

Since June, when I was last in Berlin, so much has happened. I traveled to India for a family gathering and my mother was fine. A bit phased out, she has Alzheimer’s, every now and then but fine and happy to have us and her grand kids around. Then I went to Singapore to spend a weekend with my brother and returned to take my dog – who filled our lives with love for 11 years, to the hospital where he died 2 days later……. Soon after I got news of my mother’s fall and hospitalisation and that she was in a semi coma state so I rushed to India.

I am still mourning the loss of my dog….

Then I packed my bags for Berlin.. to come here and brew an elixir (  to treat a street in town, to re-align the many aspects of life. And, in the performance we presented (one of seven) along Invaliden Str, the street of the invalids, a street with a deep history, all aspects of life seem to come together.

That is how ‘work’ happens – bringing together life and “art”…

We are 7 who come together for the performance – 7 individuals each with their own stories/histories, all unique, and yet together – each bringing a richness of experience of life – our joys and….

I feel the tug of our connection in the performance as we interact with the street and each other.

This image is from the first site on Invaliden Str – the Vocational School of Banks and Insurance…

After the project ends I go back to India, to my mother, who is now managing a smile or two..that, at this stage, means everything and more.

It makes the heart a bit lighter and working on the performance here, connecting with the group acts as an elixir to calm the mind and find a sense of balance again.

Photo by: Christoph Scheierke

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About Varsha Nair

Born in Kampala/Uganda, Varsha Nair lives and works in Bangkok/Thailand. Her solo and collaborative works have been exhibited internationally, including at Buka Jalan Performance event/Kuala Lumpur, Beyond Pressure 2/Rangoon, Asiatopia/Bangkok, Open 10/Beijing, Performance Saga/Basel, Tate Modern/London, National Review of Live Art/Glasgow, Devi Art Foundation/New Delhi, Art In General/New York. She is co organiser of Womanifesto, Thailand and editorial board member of web-art journal Ctrl+P

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