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Samira Elagoz verdichtet in einer besonderen szenischen Form, die Kino, Filmdokumentation und Performance gekonnt miteinander verbindet, drei Jahre Leben und die damit verbundene schmerzhafte wie humorvolle Erfahrung über drei Kontinente hinweg in 65 Minuten.

About the production

At the Ruhrtriennale’s invitation, Samira will perform his 2016 work Cock, Cock… Who’s There? again in the context of his new work Seek Bromance. Today the Berlin-based film-maker and performance artist identifies as transmasculine and uses this revival to look back on his high femme past. The starting point of this filmic performance is the brutal experience of sexual violence in an intimate relationship and society’s unwillingness to talk about this. Samira Elagoz confronts himself in a long-term social experiment with cis-men that he meets on dating platforms such as Chatroulette and Tinder, in order to capture their views both of themselves and of Samira through the lens of a camera within a clearly defined framework. 

By avoiding being unambiguously defined as a victim, Samira exposes society’s expectations of women who have undergone traumatic sexual experiences. What was already polarising audiences long before #metoo enables him to analyse inter-gender relationships in all their ambivalence, beyond the stereotypical dichotomy of victim and perpetrator. This is a very personal and at the same time almost clinically impersonal work. Filmed through a lens that oscillates between being too close and too distant, it mercilessly lays bare social themes such as sexual violence and the male gaze from a female perspective. In a very special scenic form that skilfully combines cinema, film documentary and performance, Samira Elagoz condenses three years of his life across three continents and the painful and humorous experiences associated with them into 65 minutes.

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