Iconography of the Vulnerable Self
Wienwoche Festival, Otto Wagner Spital, Vienna (September 2019)

'This body is an incessant piece of work

a labour of love,

a masterpiece against hatred -

my own as well as others'

When in the public space,

this body is object of constant scrutiny,

of curiosity and contempt

of compassion and commiseration

of admiration and violation

That's why, in our everyday existence

confined to fabulosity or visibility, 

I put on a shiny armour,

a thin shield that both

protects and traps me,

that both attracts

and repels, 

- in a continuous pendulum between 

glory and shame/

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Photos courtesy of Kelechi Obirieze