Avi Mograbi
Ana Vujanovic
Picture: Nir Keidar
Amira Hass
Picture: Nir Keidar
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Amira Hass, Elisabeth Nehring, Ana Vujanović, Avi Mograbi

Violence of Inscriptions #2 / On Resilience

Complicity, Resistance, Realities

Part of “Violence of Inscriptions"


Introductory Note to the programme and the thematic of “Violence of Inscriptions #2: On Resilience”

Three Short Lectures & a Dialogue

Ana Vujanović: Labour and Politics: On a political dimension of the cultural work

This talk presents a brief discussion on contemporary artists citizens. It will examine the public life, and the political activity in particular (vita activa), of the critical cultural worker in neoliberal capitalist society. Here, a critical cultural worker - theoretician, artist, curator, journal editor, cultural producer, etc. - means the one who wants and tries to be political. Through discussing her dubious politicality, Vujanović aims here to unpack a tension between the work and the politics in today's society. In addition, assuming that most citizens today are workers themselves she proposes a few thoughts on what politics today could be and how it could look like once we recognize its classical definition as socially and historically inadequate.

Elisabeth Nehring: On the Emergence of Text between Experience and Observation – Account of Travels

Elisabeth Nehring has been travelling to the Middle East for over ten years as a radio journalist and a dance, theatre and art critic. The reports, radio features, articles and critiques that have emerged during this time are marked by the inseparability of artistic and political reality. The writer’s own viewpoint must always be subjected to critical introspection, for what is meant to be told comes from precise observation, but also emotional involvement, in the field between empathy and alienation, friendship and the attempt at objectivity, fascination and objectivity, solidarity and the pursuit of knowledge, bodily experience and intellectual processing. In her critical-poetic account of travels, Elisabeth Nehring attempts look at how a position can be found in the collision of one’s own questions with the reality of those one encounters.

Amira Hass: The Encyclopedia of Palestinian Resilience

“Words are failing me. The more I depend on them, the harder it is to find accuracy. A totally new dictionary is needed in order to describe the intricate obscenities of the Israeli occupation. Straightforward, ad hoc reports cannot grasp the totality and  invasiveness of and nonchalance by which those obscenities are woven into a Weltanschauung, a way of life, a disaster.
And what about the Palestinian response to that occupation? This would need an encyclopedia. A carefully chosen word, indeed: a term that better conveys the scope of this response, and within it the magnitude of the resilience. Unlike a dictionary, the encyclopedia's entries allow discussion, questions as for the nature and context of each form of resilience. And non-neutral exclamation marks. Examples? A Popular Dance course in Gaza and Ramallah: is it just an afternoon recreation for the middle classes or can it be considered resilience? And is it the same sort of resilience in both cities? Or a laugh, a wholehearted good laugh – why on earth should such an ordinary human reflex be taken as an act of resilience?“ (Amira Hass)


Avi Mograbi - Z32 (Film-Screening)

A musical documentary tragedy. An Israeli ex-soldier who participated in a revenge operation where two Palestinian policemen were murdered seeks forgiveness for what he has done. His girlfriend does not think it is that simple, she raises issues he is yet not ready to address. The soldier willingly testifies for camera as long as his identity is not exposed. While the filmmaker keeps looking for the proper solution for concealing the soldier's identity he questions his own political and artistic conduct.
Z32 deals with the unbearable gap between a young person's disturbing testimony of his own experience as an elite soldier in the Israeli army and the artistic representation of the very same testimony, about the unbridgeable void between a heartless reality and its transmission as a work of art, about how artifacts cannot become political actions and about the cynicism of making beautiful art from the atrocities of life.

Directed by: Avi Mograbi
Producers: Serge Lalou – Les films D'ici, Avi Mograbi
Photography: Philippe Belaiche
Music: Noam Enbar
Digital Special Effects: Avi Mussel
Israel/France 2008, 35mm, color, 81 min.
Hebrew with English subtitles
Current Performances
Sat 01.07.2017, 19:00 / HAU3
The project is supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.