In Letter to My Father Franz Kafka uses parricida (the killing of the father) as a concept to reflect on how actions by authoritarian governments manifest in the family unit. To confront this concept an attendant will offer a provocation in the women’s restroom while washing your hands. What if you inherited your mother’s family name rather than your father’s family name? How would it change the way you self-identify, interact with others and perceive the world? With the participant’s permission this experience will be documented, so its traces will be installed in the men's restroom and exhibited as an installation. Parricida is the second installment in Waking Up Iranian American. This project is an autoethnographic work and series of performative interventions focused on the ways cultural exchange develops between a performer and a participant. The dialogical framework of the performances is a form of collaboration and, in its broadest sense, a key to changing power relationships between performers and participants. Intimacy is used as a strategy to counteract the positioning cultures of fear intend to create.
The women's restroom will be open to all. It is located on the ground floor of the Plaza near the elevators and before the post office.
Image Credit: Zoya Sardashti Parricida