MANLIKE is inspired by woman that had to become man. Sworn virgins are women who take a vow of chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in the patriarchal western Balkan society. The tradition of sworn virgins developed out of the Kanun, a set of codes and laws. The Kanun is not a religious document – many groups follow it including Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Muslims. By the laws of Kanun Women are treated like property of the family. Under the Kanun women are stripped of many human rights, they are almost equal to the animal. The Kanun says: “A woman is a sack made to endure”.
Sponsored by: The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus / program Terpsihori 2013
“Manlike” has been selected for Aerowaves 2015