T H R E E S O M E – By Vabene Elikem Fiatsi, Thaís De Almeida Prado & John Herman

T H R E E S O M E  is a collaborative performance project developed between John Herman (Cologne, Germany) Thaís Almeida Prado (São Paulo, Brazil) and Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi aka crazinisT artisT (Kumasi, Ghana). It is a digital performance…

T H R E E S O M E - By Vabene Elikem Fiatsi, Thaís De Almeida Prado & John Herman

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T H R E E S O M E  is a collaborative performance project developed between John Herman (Cologne, Germany) Thaís Almeida Prado (São Paulo, Brazil) and Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi aka crazinisT artisT (Kumasi, Ghana).

It is a digital performance video created by the three artists – three nationalities, three bodies, three languages, three souls, three spirits – while merging their own stories into multiple layers amidst all complexities.  This video is to reimagine a common place, intimate bodies, and a safe community where all humans converge and experience unconditional love.

It explores and investigates the complexities of racial borders, gender fluidity and sexual taboos through which the artists aim at interrogating and demystifying the conceptions and notions of perfect and imperfect bodies. In other words it is an attempt to dismantle masculinity and femininity as standards for recategorization and definitions for several bodies that exist beyond our imaginations. In fact T H R E E S O M E is an intimate dialogue that seeks to decategorize the bodies making ways for indefinite self proclamations and reenvisioning alternative bodies.

“We are bodies, we are souls, we are spirits, we are humans” proclaimed by the artists as a protest to challenge the heteronormative system and patriarchal structures that violates human rights, freedom and justice.

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T H R E E S O M E is a digital collaboration with DI2ª – a virtual occupation that takes place weekly on the YouTube channel PINK UMBRELLAS ART RESIDENCY created by the duo MXM.

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JOHN HERMAN is a Germany-based self-taught art-activist. He artistically explores themes of war and peace, visual sociology, and socio-political communication across a rich variety of media—from performances, to video installations, to photography—yet John Herman cryptically resists the title of “artist”. His practice is fed by his extreme experiences of war, when he was fighting as a volunteer soldier alongside global freedom movements in Africa and the Middle East. In the Global Music market, he has worked as an artist manager, tour manager and a curator for World Music concert series focused on the Middle East, were he lived for a decade.
https://john-herman-art.online/

VA-BENE ELIKEM FIATSI [CRAZINIST ARTIST]
Pronoun: “sHit” if not “she”
Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi works internationally but lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, founder and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR) which aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers. As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts, sexual stigma and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. With rituals and a gender-fluid persona, sHit employs sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool in performances, photography, video, and installations, ‘life-and-live-art’ confronting issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, internalized oppression, anti-blackness, systemic indoctrination and many more.
https://www.crazinistartist.com/

THAIS DE ALMEIDA PRADO is a filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist and performer; Thais’ work permeates the interdisciplinary boundaries between cinema, performance, dance, theatre, visual arts, music and literature, often in collaboration with other artists. In general, following two strands; one quite connected with the environmental issue and the other with the Gender/LGBTQI+ issue and its mutations.
https://www.instagram.com/thaisamp

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