Tongue Reads Philomela
In the performance piece "Tongue reads Philomela" Louise Vind Nielsen tells the story of Philomela through her own tongue, inspired by Ovids writings on Philomela, a young princess of Athens, whose tongue is cut-off by her brother-in-law Tereus after he rapes her. Together with her sister she takes revenge by decapitating the son of Tereus. The story has been said to be the beginning of a tradition in western culture of censoring the voices of women.
Tongue Reads Philomela was shown for the first time in 2017 in the context of PerformanceRUM in Aarhus, Denmark. Furthermore Tongue Reads Philomela has been shown in MOM Art Space in Hamburg (2019), at FEMLAB Festival, Hamburg (2019), EPISODE in Ludwigshafen, Germany (2019) and translated into a video piece shown at Speaking Volumes in KH7, Aarhus, Denmark (2018) and Kauno Menininkų Namai, Kaunas, Lithuania (2018) and in Metropolis Kino in Hamburg, Germany (2022).
The performance was translated into a video piece in 2018.