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The Contest of the Fruits will consist of an array of activities with Slavs and Tatars through fall 2021 that will bend borders, tickle tongues, and fracture fixed identities. It is an extended project including an artist residency, film premiere, exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and a publication.

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Feb 4 | April 1 | June 3 | August 5

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mulberries captured by perfect white teeth surround by painted lips

The Contest in Context: Eye to Tip

Thursday, February 4, 2021
4:30 PM EST

At the height of a global pandemic when the virtual displaces the corporeal, how do we discover emotional or physical embrace? When words choke, the body orates; when the verbal falls silent, how can facial gesture or the embodied smile compensate?

Artists Mukaddas Mijit and Hussein Smko collaborate to experiment with geographical distance in a disconnected digital world to create intimacy. Utilizing the exemplary tool of pandemic conversation, the zoom link, these two performing artists challenge themselves to depict the beauty and failure of long-distance communication. Wordless with stolen sounds, EYE TO TIP is an interconnected live performance grappling with the displacement of emotional, physical, and intellectual intimacy in our current society.