[currently under production]
“Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.”
Judith Butler, Imitation and Gender Insubordination
amən is a performance in which the authors investigate the theme of gender stereotypes and representations, carrying out a physical investigation of gestures, poses and iconographic representations that are socially and culturally considered to be identifying features of the male and female, with the aim of exposing their artificiality and de-constructing them.
The two authors and performers explore here the binomial "he | she" - "male | female" and the various attempts of prevarication of one gender over the other, in a repeated ascent and descent of the vertical space in which they are forced.
The Hebrew word amen - which gives the work its title - has the meaning of "to be secure, true". But how does the body relate to truth? What does it look like when it lies? How does the body perform 'masculinity' or 'femininity'?
These are the questions that marked and guided the research path, together with the depictions in art history and the representations in the advertising world of 'femininity' and 'masculinity'.
amən is meant to be a portrait of the world of rules and impositions in which we live; at the same time, it aims to represent an expression of the prayer/desire to overcome and rewrite them... celebrating the epilogue and failure of the binary systems of thoughts which are discriminatory towards exceptionality and difference.