Featured Long Durational Work


Duration: 12 hours

Text by Karina Vahitova
Cover photograph by Lucia Rossi

Artist Christos Linou once had a dream in which he saw his mother in a dark room amidst steam. She was sitting on a huge pile of oranges, peeling them one by one and smiling at Linou. 

“The room glowed with the beautiful color of the oranges, yet it was desecrated with graffiti, words of racist taunts connected to events in my life,” says the artist of the dream. “There were orange peels cooking in a pot of boiling water and a sweet smell of sugar, cinnamon, rosewater, and cloves filling the room. ‘I’m making Botokaliko,’ said my mother in the dream. ‘Come in and help me. I’ll show you how to peel the oranges and sew them into small strands, then we will cook them, and soak them in this delicious syrup, and after that, we can dance.’” The dream haunted the artist for years and was the inspiration behind "Naked Peel."

For the performance, Linou used somatic methodologies to listen to and feel his body. The artist peeled 1,200 oranges and fastened the peels to his naked body. The pulp was hung in a crate, showering orange juice onto the artist’s skin and the floor, acting as a dripping metronome. The long durational dance performance was an attempt to re-create the sensory experience of the dream from the artist's memory through the use of trance, ritual, and sadomasochistic embodiment practices in dance. The smell of oranges filled the room as the artist mediated on his memory of the dream, bringing the sensory experience to life.

To read an additional article about "Naked Peel" in Neos Kosmos, click here.

Christos Linou generates his ideas through embodiment practices. He explores a somatic alertness to memories, which investigate the phenomena of the apparition, and the concrete body. His arts career, as performer, choreographer and experimental filmmaker has spanned twenty-five years. Recently he was awarded with a Masters in Fine Arts scholarship, researching ‘durational performance,’ at Melbourne University. The research led to the development of, Naked Peel, which is the culmination of two-years practice led research. During this time he presented, three works with time frames of six, eight and twelve hours. They have explored aspects of embodiment, captivity, trance, desire, racism, and sexuality. His website can be found here.