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Why Artivism in London, Paris, Rome, Belgrade, Lublin

Thomas Hirschhorn

reading Chapter One: Antisemitism as an Outrage to Common Sense of H. Arendt’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’

Jean-Baptiste Ganne

reading Chapter Five: The Political Emancipation of the Bourgeoisie, Section Two: Power and the Bourgeoisie. of H. Arendt’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’

Listen to Dora Garcia reading Chapter Nine: The Decline of the Nation State and the End of the Rights of Man. of H. Arendt’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’

Why Artivism?
26th of September
London, Paris, Rome, Belgrade, Lublin

1st European events of H. Arendt’s International Institute of Artivism
Discussion on and reading of Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism

‘we actually live in a world in which human beings as such have ceased to exist for quite a while; since society has discovered discrimination as the great social weapon by which one may kill men without any bloodshed; since passports or birth certificates, and sometimes even income tax receipts, are no longer formal papers but matters of social distinction.’ – We Refugees

In the midst of what media and politicians call the ‘migrant crisis’ or ‘refugee crisis’, when people are defined with a title that implies they are never arriving or welcome anywhere, it is today more than ever relevant to turn to Hannah Arendt’s books. Her reflections on statelessness, asylum seekers, the violence of the nation, human rights, political action and freedom of expression resonate more than ever.

This is the 1st European event of the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism launched by renowned Cuban artist Tania Bruguera whilst detained in Cuba for her artistic activity.

Tania Bruguera staged a 100 hour, uninterrupted reading of the Origins of Totalitarianism on May 20 in Havana, on the anniversary of the Republic of Cuba. She was arrested and interrogated directly after the performance. Tania Bruguera is now in the USA, but is dedicated to continuing the work of the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism. In addition to her activity in Cuba, Tania is known for work with Immigrant Movement International: freedom of expression, freedom of movement and political freedom are all connected.

On September 26 in five European cities – Belgrade, London, Paris, Rome and Lublin – simultaneous readings and discussions around the book and its relevance in today’s context will take place.

The event is open to everyone’s input – you can come to read extracts of the book in each city or send a video recording (c.marrocco@euroalter.com) which will be linked to on this website.

With: Engin Isin (Open University), Lois Keidan (Live Arts Development Agency), Julia Farringdon (Index on Censorship and Belarus Free Theatre), Pinar Ogun (Mi Minör), Andrew Schaap, Niccolo Milanese (European Alternatives), Metmet Ali (actor), Valérie Jouve (photographer), Géraldine Gourbe (Professor of Art Theory), Elisabeth Lebovici (historian and arts critic), Guido de Togni (researcher and activist), Lorenzo Romito (Stalker), Xenophon Kavvadias (artist), Borka Pavicevic (philosopher), Dasa Duhacek (editor of the Yugoslav edition of ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’), Tomek Kitlinski (philosopher), Tania Bruguera

Artists’ video/audio recording: Thomas Hirschhorn, Tania Bruguera, Jean- Baptiste Ganne, Dora Garcia


PARIS: FRAC Ile de France/Plateau, 14:00 – 22:00 – Event page in French – invitation (download)

ROME: MAXXI, 12:00 – 20:00 – Event page in Italian – invitation (download)

LONDON: RIVINGTON PLACE, 14:00 – 18:00 – Event page in English – invitation (download)

BELGRADE: CZKD, in the garden, 12:00 – link to event’s page 

LUBLIN: War&Peace exhibition, Labirynt Gallery, 14:00

Registration by email: c.marrocco@euroalter.com with name of the city
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