I don’t know

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I don’t know


5 Minutes
Altefabrik, Switzerland

©Vandana The Artist
Courtesy Vandana The Artist & Stiftung Futur


I appear in the space in an official outfit with my face hidden behind my hair and ask for a volunteer to join me on the stage. I ask the volunteer one simple same question again and again in different ways depending on her answers until the volunteer has no spontaneous answer anymore.


The purpose of this performance is not at all to offend or point to an individual, any region, faith or belief, so I request my volunteer and my audience to feel the most comfortable in this moment with me and I thank you all in advance for this! The following experiment is a representation of my own exploration about myself.

Are you ready?

I’m going to ask you some questions, the only condition is that –

you can NOT repeat your answers

Here is my first question:

  • Who are you?
  • Who are you…
  • Who are you?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your father’s name?
  • and who are you?
  • What else are you?
  • Who else
  • Who else are you?
  • What else?
  • and ?
  • What do you mean by ‘many things’?
  • Who are you, who is interested in a lot of things?
  • Who are you, who is this ‘I am’?
  • Who is this ‘me’?
  • Who else are you?

Thank you ‘…’!

I don’t know either! I don’t know either who I am!!

I had been given my name after six days of my birth and

I had been given my family name when I was first admitted in the school!

I had been called a teacher, an artist since when I started working and this list goes on and on…

I wonder who I was before all this!

I want to know..

I want to feel and realize Who I am!

I want to know what…  I don’t know !

Thank you.

A very special thanks to the volunteer Ms. Dorothea Rust!