RAGADA BY MARIO BANUSHI
Photo by Mario Banushi
Photo by Mario Banushi
Photo by Mario Banushi
Photo by Mario Banushi

RAGADA

By Mario Banushi

I’ve always said that birth is an inverse love.

Ragada (Ραγάδα) is the greek word for stretch mark. Stretch mark is a form of scarring  on the skin with an off-colour hue. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear  completely. Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis during periods of rapid  growth of the body, such as during pregnancy. Once they have formed there is no  clearly effective treatment, though various methods have been attempted and studied. “I’ve always said that birth is an inverse love. I’ve tried to go back to my mother’s hole.  Threat. Fog. The boy with the blood stained clothes is lugging the woman who  attempted to emigrate, the woman who attempted to get sick, the woman who  attempted to commit suicide. Absurdity. And that sound pierced me. Mourning. Silent  creatures with tearful screams. Voices mute after the deafening confession. Farse. The  cruelty birthing woman. I thought it was the placenta and I ate it like a proper mother.  Eagering creatures. The odour of sour milk, hot bread, wet soil. I deny my birth.  Destruction. In another future I will be born inwards.”
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Credits
Director: Mario Banushi Set Designer: Voukenas Petrides  Light Designer: Ifigeneia Gianniou Soundscape Designer: Emmanouel Rovithis  Performers: Chrysi Vidalaki, Pinelopi Tsoutsouva, Mario Banushi Production Manager: Nikos Mavrakis Production Company: TooFarEast