Between Paradise and a Hard Place
       
     
       
     
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Between Paradise and a Hard Place
       
     
Between Paradise and a Hard Place

Josh Radian and I used tropes of our respective spiritual and religious traditions (Islam and Buddhism) to reflect on after life fantasies. The performance field became an escape from ideas that inspire the postponement of earthly pleasure, and those that encourage the renunciation of desire to overcome suffering. While both traditions have personal resonance for us, they act on different registers of belief, practice, and the body. This project mirrors contemporary questions regarding religion and the body, the ethics of killing (both have engaged in holy war), and the aesthetics of ritual.

       
     
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Between Paradise and a Hard Place (excerpt)