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Exhibition Casting Call: The Collector of Proverbs, The Animal, The Fool, The Selfie-junkie, The Innocent, The Child, The Drunk, The...

Saturday 27 November 2021 - Sunday 30 January 2022
27 November 2021 – 30 January 2022 Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 12.00 – 18.00
Lange Voorhout 102
The Hague

Visual artist Eleni Kamma publicly defends the research project 'Taking Place: Parrhesiastic Theater as a Model for Artistic Practice' on 2 December. 

Eleni Kamma examines how local and traditional European forms of 'parrhesiastic theater' relate to and provide new insights into critical artistic practices today. Kamma’s understanding of parrhesiastic theater comprises events, actions, and performances staged by characters who speak their minds through scenes of excess and laughter. Parrhesiastic theater takes place in public view and incites the spectator’s agency to speak their mind.

Kamma’s research resonates in 'Casting Call' (2017–ongoing), a series of artistic attempts, events, and manifestations that address aspects of miscommunication between citizens of the European Union due to its many languages and regional rituals. Kamma employs performative strategies inspired by old, stereotypical characters from European popular culture, art, theater, and cinema, brought together in the format of a parade. Kamma developed the Parade through a collection of commissioned texts and props and invited professionals, extras, and respondents to speak their minds by using this collection in playful ways.

Eleni Kamma, 'Democracy', 2021. Film Still.
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