Vivian Chinasa Ezugha | Social Prescription

Social Prescription is a workshop that aims to open up various fasting practices, putting them up for debate and inviting participants to share and exchange perspectives. The workshop is informed by the artist’s performance practice, and a contextualisation of fasting as a ritual that locates the site of resilience within the body. Contesting conventional notions and expectations of self-care, the session will work towards providing the participants with individually tailored fasting prescriptions.

Participants are asked to come to the workshop ready to rest. The recommendation is to abstain from food for at least five hours before the workshop. We will explore simple movements such as walking and consider how our bodies navigate the altered state of fasting. We will rest, dance, stop and listen, until we end the workshop by juicing vegetables to break our fast together.

The workshop is open to all. We will have a group agreement before we start which will detail how each person wants to be identified. We will construct a safe space that does not allow any racism, homophobia, sexism, or anything that detracts from our mental wellbeing.

The workshop takes place on Saturday 19th of October from 10 am - 1 pm and is free but ticketed. You can book a place by following this link. If you have booked a place but are unable to attend please let us know as places are very limited.

Please be advised that this is not a dance workshop and each participant will have the freedom to move based on what they feel in their body. Please bring a yoga mat and a blanket if you have one. There will be extra mats and blankets available in the gallery.

Travel and childcare bursaries are available for those in need. For more information please email market@marketgallery.org.

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Vivian is a Nigerian-born artist living and working in Winchester. Her work looks at the transition of Black women and their identity within culture from colonised subjects to emancipated figures. Vivian works predominantly in performance, using the medium to decontextualise and reconstruct what it means to be alive in this present time and protest for a world where dreams are equal.

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