Waiting is an intense part of living

performance: Emily Rose Cannon, Jessica Lam, Stanley Gambucci, Michael Parmelee, Ambika Raina
2017 Center for Performance Research

Waiting is an intense part of living brings the minimal delicacy, tension, and precariousness of Nasreen Mohamedi’s visual work to life. It applies extreme reduction to form but not psychology or energy, and installs random coexistence as a questionable experience.

The piece defines minimalism through a South Asian lineage rather than a Western one, while also juggling: how can you erase color but not ethnicity? Erase lines but not memory? Where, then, does the identity exist? It reclaims meditation and precision through textures of Indian dance: loud subtlety and amplified attention to fingers and eyes.


photos by Aditi Natasha Kini