When a friend, family member or a loved one confides in you, what would you do?
It’s only natural for us to share our thoughts and emotions. We give them our advice. We have a discussion with them. We get angry for them. We get angry at them. We react emotionally for the most part.
How much of our words and reactions are mixed with our own assumptions, based on half baked judgements of their circumstances? How much of our attempts to listen embedded in our desire to react? Maybe, all that is necessary, is for us to listen, just listen.
“I Feel You”, a socially engaged participatory piece, involves pairs of strangers who would hold each other's hands to connect and share their deep seated stories of loss, pain and vulnerability. Each of them are given 10 minutes to speak their own truths. When the sharing is complete, the other party will only respond with one sentence:
“I Feel You”.