Salma Abedin Prithi
A body occupies space, but how freely it can move within gravity? A trained gesture makes a body a social being, but often not in a lucid form. There is a conscious act of intimacy, dependency, ignorance or enmity, but some acts lose control and expose unrecognizable gestures. Prithi invited people from diverse backgrounds into her studio and allowed them to act upon intimacy or separation. There are real and unreal moments. She preferred a mix of both.
Dhaka dwellers often hide their personal moments from the public, but her studio acted as a parallel reality where two bodies are open to interact. It was an attempt to overcome known gestures and comfort. Ordinary people performed to express the inexpressible, and formed an unrehearsed affinity.