Will You Marry Me? – Sara Leghissa

A person in hi-vis trousers and a white tshirt posts slogan billboards onto a hoarding.
Image: Claudia Pajewski
Carpenters Lane
Sat Mar 19 - 3:00pm

Will You Marry Me? – Sara Leghissa

A site-specific and temporary public lecture exploring disobedience, complicity and public resistance.

WILL YOU MARRY ME? is a site-specific and temporary public lecture. The content of the lecture explores some illegal practices present in our daily life and how we embody illegality itself. It comes from personal shared experiences collected between Prato, Ramallah, Marsiglia, Madrid and Nyon and it echoes some strategies and disobedient practices used by activists from all around the world as forms to circumvent the law without violating it, whenever this affects people’s rights.

The lecture invites us to relate with the boundaries between what is legal and what is illegal. Considering the assumption that the law is a fluid parameter, which changes depending on where we are in the world, the historical period in which we live and the sort of privileges we enjoy, the law defines what is considered moral, licit, in other words, what is right. It distributes power and the perception of power in society, defining, categorizing, dividing and controlling.

The shape of the lecture itself investigates a specific portion of the spectrum of illegality, namely the relationship between illegal acts and public space. It explores how we can act disobedience before everyone’s eyes, suggesting possible forms of complicity and public resistance.

“I’m fascinated with the difference between supposedly private and supposedly public and I try to engage with the issue of what it means to live in a society that’s seemingly shock-proof, yet still is compelled to exercise secrecy.”

Barbara Kruger


No Specific Age Recommendation
Please be aware of your surroundings when viewing this work, as it will be performed in a busy public area.


This performance takes place in the streets of Manchester, and will last thirty minutes.


Concept Sara Leghissa text and dramaturgy in collaboration with Carlo Fusani, Tomas Gonzalez, Catalina Insignare illustrations, graphic layout Marzia Dalfini promotion Giulia Messia executive production Eleonora Cavallo, Martina Merico produced by Triennale Teatro dell’Arte- Milano, Far Festival- Nyon partners Short Theatre- Roma, Sareyett– Ramallah, Saal Biennal- Tallinn, Parallèle Festival- Marseille, within the frame of More Than This – Creative Europe


Carpenters Lane

Carpenters Lane Bottom is a billboard site located on the wall outside the clothing shop 'Oi Polloi'.

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