Ossetia has a rich history and strong traditions, which strongly differ from traditions that I am familiar with. My performance reveals unique character of Ossetian tradition: during the wedding ceremony a bride must stand in the corner of the room while guests are celebrating. If she stands eight hours it is a perfect ceremony and if she stands six hours it is a good one. Her future husband will come only after the ceremony is over. My piece presents this physically and mentally challenging moment for a bride. I was standing in the Ossetian wedding dress in front of the camera. "Six-eighths" is my silent dialogue with the culture of Ossetia, my trying to understand the meaning and purpose of this tradition and my attitude towards it.
Video documentation of the performance, 6 hours, 2016
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