GORGO @ MANN, Napoli

25 November, 2021 at 18:00
MANN_ Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Sala del Toro Farnese
Naples, Italy

Curators: Adriana Rispoli and Zvonimir Dobrović

Continuing their cooperation on the series Smashing the Myth, Udruga Domino and Adriana Rispoli bring GORGO to MANN in a performance taking place at the foot of the formidable sculpture Toro Farnese.

GORGO is dedicated to the mythic figure of Medusa, the Gorgon – GORGO, whose decapitation as well as the subsequent appropriation as decoration for shields, armor, gables, plates, cups, and buttons can be interpreted as a violent act of colonial patriarchy.
Using formulas from folktale and myth, such as resurrection after initiation and the arming of the hero, GORGO rests on the premise the Medusa’s dismembered body is made whole again, she is born again. In the performance and video Raščić, embodies the character of the GORGO, and dons a copper armor that is at the same time an audio instrument. GORGO’S armor is fabricated by the sole female coppersmith in Bosnia, Nermina Beba Alić, breaking with the patrilineal tradition of this craft. Rascic’s performance brings the Medusa, with all her meta-baggage, into the present; her body/armour evokes a “cyborg in becoming” and visually codes her as the mythic warrior. However, GORGO does not attack, but acts as a warning and a protector, reclaiming her magical apotropaic role.

performance, 40 min
Performer: Lala Raščić
Armor: Nermina Beba Alić
Sound design and live sound processing:  Hrvoje Nikšić
Costume: Marijana Kramarić – Citoyenne K
Producer: Petra Begović