How is it possible to grasp stories and meanings communicated through bodily and emotional pain? Here, you will meet women who master the art of embodied storytelling. Through symptomatic expressions, symptomspeak, they share critical messages about Kosovo’s violent past and, through the past, about both the present and the future that are otherwise difficult, if not impossible to hear.
Pain falls upon us, threatening to rob us of our language. It is destructive, leaving traceable scars on our bodies and minds; it confronts us with the uncanny and fearful. Pain also opens up possibilities for being, doing, speaking, and thinking otherwise. Being in pain is not a totalising experience that materialises seemingly out of nowhere. It means being immersed in temporary situations that manifest locally in the body and mind, dispersing as they merge to form new assemblages, and slip away only to then re-emerge transformed. Being in pain is a form of engagement with […]