Art as resistance against political violence
Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee
Bottled Songs is a series of video letters that we address to each other depicting our explorations of terrorism in the online environment.
We trained Yazda’s documentation team, based in Dohuk, Iraq, in techniques for evidence-gathering, and in ways of recording the material condition of the ruins of Yazidi buildings, as well as other sites that were part of the violence committed by ISIL against the Yazidi people.
More than ever, we find it important to continue highlighting marginalized perspectives and experimenting with slower, more inclusive formats for collection, translation, and interpretation.
I used to watch him [my father] every day working with his hands, using many elements, such as fabric and wood. Perhaps this helped me to view the new world as a child who moved to a new place. It created a sense of curiosity, to be in touch [with things] and monitor visual details.
For me, it’s not really about ‘I’m right’ or ‘you’re wrong.’ For me, it’s about ‘this is how I feel right now’ and ‘let’s talk about it.’
I think about violence often. It’s a word that comes up in my talks constantly. When I talk about violence of destruction by ISIS, I am talking about the kind of violence that I am well familiar with, growing up in Iran. A violence that is not just ‘on’ and ‘against’ objects but also human bodies. But I also have made a point to equally talk about the kind of violence that follows me all my life prior to and after immigration to the United States at the age of 22. This violence is not like that of ISIS but by the very country that I choose to live in. The United States.
Navine G. Khan-Dossos
I’m not here to pass judgement, I’m here to find some way of understanding for myself, a politics and culture of violence that has been present throughout my time working as an artist since 2001. It has always been my subject.
I want to cross the boundaries of language and create metaphors with my work. When I perforate my castings with ISIS bullet holes, I’m making art which serves as a metaphor for the overall destruction of Assyrian artifacts.
Saskia Stolz - Power of Art House
I believe that art can make loaded topics accessible to a wide audience and the public debate can be initiated. My goal is to open eyes to the stories of (distant) others. My creative interventions are useful strategies to increase awareness.
I want to inspire committed citizens to show their empathy
and raise their voice against injustice.
I think it is very dangerous to look at the problems ISIS seems to cause amongst the youth around us, as something that is just linked to groups like ISIS and therefore as something we might be able to defeat on the battlefield. Members of coming generations are going to take up arms again and fight their own fight. ISIS is going to disappear. And the radical forms of religion are going to grow out of fashion amongst many young people. But religion is just some banner to unite under in a world that seems to hate you.