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Mehr Javed’s performances explore the notions of intimacy and familiarity, which are intrusive, awkward and often incapacitating, especially in situations of co-existence. In a performance that lasted over two hours, Javed brought into sharp focus that act which all living beings take most for granted- breathing. Sitting in a chair in the midst of a chalk circle, Javed breathed through a gas mask with a pair of goat lungs attached to it. As she breathed in and out, each breath was recorded on a mechanical counter, the clicking of which mimicked the sound of the beads of a rosary.

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