B.O.D.Y. The Bureau of Domestic Yearning

B.O.D.Y. is an intimate exploration of the domestic space following Melbourne’s lockdowns, from my point of view as an expat and a temporary resident in Australia. The COVID emergency redefined body-space relationships and ideas of belonging, mobility, and migration. What can I, or cannot, call “home” and why?

B.O.D.Y. The Bureau of Domestic Yearning is a series of performances for the camera resulting in photography and video documentation. Photos have been taken at my current place in Naarm (Melbourne, AUS) in collaboration with Sabrina Talarico in October 2020.
© Angela Viora

This project has been realised as part of "Domestic Spaces", an international project curated by Dr Sarah Black-Frizell (Liverpool Hope University, UK) on performances created at home during the pandemic.

  • Angela Viora
  • Angela Viora
  • Angela Viora
    Key Cast
  • Sabrina Talarico
    Photography and video editing
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Other
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 AUD
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  • ODD2 - Our Dance Democracy #2
    United Kingdom
    June 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Human Rights Festival UNESCO
    June 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • ACIS Australasian Centre for Italian Studies Conference
    December 1, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - ANGELA VIORA

Angela Viora, PhD is an Italian artist and scholar currently based in Naarm, Australia. Formally trained in painting and art history, Angela’s core practice is performance art, alongside with drawing, video, and installation. Her work focuses on the body-space relationship, place-identity, migration, and belonging. Angela has performed, exhibited, and presented her work internationally, including at BOAA – Biennale of Australian Art, Daegu Art Factory (SK), Performance Studies International Conference, the MAXXI Museum in Rome (IT), and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (TK). Her participatory performances are personal responses to global issues in which the audience is invited to intervene and create a shared experience: performance art is an offer. Angela has published on performance art, public art, documentation, and audience reception. She is proudly of working-class origins and passionate about making art accessible to anybody. She has worked extensively in community art-based projects across Europe and Australia, and currently sits in the Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee (Sunshine). Angela is also a member of Performance Studies International and AIAPI UNESCO – Associazione Internazionale Arti Plastiche Italia, and of the ECCV - Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria. Angela lectures at Monash University (European Languages, Italian Studies), where she integrates the study of language, literature, and history with the study of popular cultures, media, visual and performing arts.

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Director Statement

"I yearn for belonging to what surrounds me at the point of vanishing—or have I finally become one with the land on which I stand? I get acquainted with the domestic space by
using my body as measurement. I eventually find out that my body is not a tool but my very first domestic space, which I always inhabit and through which I perform on various visas and
frontiers, on the ground upon which I stand as well as in that invisible place that is migration bureaucracy.
My migrant body is a horizon: a mobile point of contact between dimensions."