Dunsmure Road is an ultra-Orthodox, close-knit Jews neighborhood in North-East London, a conservative community that treats outsiders ‘guardedly’. (Brown, 2010).

“Flocks of high-crowned black hats, frock-coats, ringlets, women, men, with their many children hurry from synagogue; they seem too busy to notice me; they do not receive outsiders sympathetically. I try; I remain a stranger; my attempts to interact fail thirty-two times. I become transfixed and proceed silently.

My failed attempts build empathy through reminding, on an individual scale, of our shared alienation and insularism.” -Sara Masinaei  

 

Insular | Performance | 3 hours at Dunsmure Road, London | 2010

Images courtesy of Pejman Saeghe