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In The Beginning, There Was Only Blood, Darkness, and Coldness
       
     
In The Beginning, There Was Only Blood, Darkness, and Coldness

This performance speaks out about sexual assaults, harassment and rape culture in my home country, Iran. I talk about my personal experiences back home, however, by sharing my diaries with four other performers who have gone through similar experiences here in the United States, I attempt to demonstrate the vast borders of violence against women. The four performers were asked to write my diaries on the wall with charcoals. After they were finished writing on the wall, I walked in with a bucket full of water. I did QOSL, an Islamic practice which is washing your body in a certain way after having sex. I poured the water on my body, following the order I’ve learned at school back home. After that, I tried to ‘clean’ the wall with my wet body while a narrator who was sitting with the audience was reading the text I wrote. The text is in a stream of consciousness style and was written based on dialogues between my attackers and me.

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