Negus by Invernomuto, 2013, photo: Moira Ricci
'Lost Inn', an installation by hoelb/hoeb
'Recollection', a film by Kamal Aljafari


The term ‘structural violence’ refers to implied systemic and latent forms of exclusion or oppression that emerge on social and political localities. Violence of Inscriptions questions the potency of artistic, discursive, and action-based practices to critically reflect on this subject. The project examines bodies that are subjected to structural violence, and focuses on the performative and physical aspects that surface as a result. It examines the role of the body in producing, maintaining, legitimizing, representing, and aestheticizing structural violence. 

The notion of inscription stems from choreographic concepts and practices of writing; inscribing in and into material and immaterial spaces. This notion draws viewers’ attention to the consequences of our individual and collective actions. It underlines the presence of structural violence - its narration and history.

Violence of Inscriptions is a collaborative project, facilitated by HAU – Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. It is an ongoing dialogue between Zaides and dramaturge, curator and scholar Sandra Noeth. The project began in 2016 and will unfold in four chapters until 2018. Each chapter aims to break down the complexity of the topic by examining the ideological, personal, political and ethical dynamics that are at stake. Each chapter brings together artists, thinkers, and human-rights activists for an intensive work session. The diverse perspectives of each participant provide the initial material for the discussion. The sessions are followed by a public program at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, which includes lectures, roundtables, screenings, and installations.

VOI (Violence of Inscriptions) #1 – On Experience & Representation, VOI #2 – On Resilience, VOI #3 – On Collectivity, and Its Boundaries, VOI #4 –  On the Integrity of the Body

Credits & Collaborators

With Kamal Aljafari, deufert+plischke, Alain Franco, Kat Francois, Jens R. Giersdorf, Simge Gücük, Núria Güell, Amira Hass, Hoelb/Hoeb, Invernomuto, Janez Janša, Avi Mograbi, Ali Moini, Shahram Khosravi, Nat Muller, Elisabeth Nehring, Sandra Noeth, Manuel Pelmus, Didem Pekün, Frédéric Pouillaude, Freddie Rokem, Farah Saleh, Adania Shibli, Ana Vujanovic, Eike Wittrock, Arkadi Zaides Production HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Institut des Croisements
23 March—1 July 2018

Curated by Michiel Vandevelde. Participating artists Linah Dalifa, Pieterjan Ginckels, Hamza Halloubi, Ermias Kifleyesus, Jaha Koo, Mashid Mohadjerin, Radouan Mriziga, Ogutu Muraya, Amanda Piña, Aneta Rostkowska & Jakub Woynarowski, Myriam Van Imschoot, Arkadi Zaides, Oliver Zahn & Julian Warner

The empathetic view in the theater

For all our Flemish and Dutch speaking friends, the Belgian magazine Etcetera has released an article by theater scholar Esther Tuypens discussing the use of empathy in performing arts. The article analyzes mechanisms of emotional identification in Arkadi Zaides’ creation Archive as well as in Milo Rau’s Empire. It is available online

Usages Géopolitiques Des Images

What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines  Zaides' practice over the past years. 

7—13 October 2018
Theory of Practice, Symposium at DOCH, SITE & Eric Ericssonhallen, Stockholm, Sweden