Ritual of Broken Hearts 

At the end of the Irreconciliables poetry festival, Jana Orlova’s performance Ritual of Broken Hearts was situated in an old Andalusian hammam. This poetic interactive group ritual allowed the participants to contemplate in the hot thermal water the situations and persons who had hurt or „broken their hearts“ in the past. The artist worked with cemetery roses and sweet candies, but especially with the specific atmosphere of the place, which, besides its rich history, is nowadays mainly associated with tourism, and the Andalusian hammam is a luxurious place where locals don’t normally go.

Irreconciliables Festival de Poesía, 25.11. 2023, Malaga, Spain, photo archive.