The Museum of Real History

[2019], Ivana Šáteková, Zoukak Theatre Group and Abduljabbar Alsuhili
The Artwork
Lecture-performance and mixed media installation

a Lecture-performance within a totally-not-fake exhibition that explores conspiracy theories mixing fiction and harsh realities to create an alternate reality about global migration that nourishes mass-paranoia.

The installation is laid out as a regular exhibition and showcases a collection of artworks posing as scientific evidence, such as manipulated photos, fake maps, drawings, earth models in order to create an incontestable parallel reality presenting ridiculous, sarcastic ideas connected to migration. The purpose is to emphasize the absurdity of the conspiracy theories and urban myths used by violent extremists (both ethnocentric and religious) to radicalize people and poison the public sphere with fear and xenophobia.

Curated and presented by a Yemeni refugee-artist-terrorist (wink wink), these conspiracy theories reveal themselves as the insult they represent to society's collective and individual intelligence.

The work is comprised of three parts: the exhibition itself, an artistic workshop for locals to develop their favourite conspiracy theory (e.g. chickpea industry is behind the syrian war to increase falafel consumption in the European market...) and work on fake/autobiographical testimonies: a fusion between their real personal life, conspiracy theories and actual facts; and the lecture-performance by the fake curator, in which workshop participants can take part as fake audience members to enhance the fictional realities presented to real audiences.
Bratislava, Slovakia
Ivana Šateková
Ivana Šateková is a painter and new media artist, living and working in Bratislava, Slovakia. In her work, she searches for the form of current folklore and explores memory by connecting elements of comics and folk art, using humor and the pursuit of the absurd as a critical tool to point out different oddities of contemporary society. Ivana has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.

Ivana Šateková, with the other 2 artists, was part of the Borderline Offensive artistic residency in Gothenburg & Tjörn, Sweden in 2018, in collaboration with the Nordic Watercolour Museum - from where the idea for "The Museum of Real History" originated.
Helsingborg, Sweden
Abduljabbar Alsuhili
Abduljabbar Alsuhili is an actor and cultural activist from Sanaʽa Yemen, using his craft for social and political change and development of performing arts scene in Yemen. As part of the Rawabiit Cultural and Media foundation, he has produced plays, stand-up comedy, radio and TV shows. Abduljabbar was the first ICORN artist-in-refuge in Helsingborg, Sweden from 2016-2018, period during which he was part of several local artistic productions and projects.

Abduljabbar Alsuhili, with the other 2 artists, was part of the Borderline Offensive artistic residency in Gothenburg & Tjörn, Sweden in 2018, in collaboration with the Nordic Watercolour Museum - from where the idea for "The Museum of Real History" originated.
Beirut, Lebanon
Zoukak Theatre Collective
Zoukak Theatre Company, based in Beirut, Lebanon, is an internationally-prized platform for theatrical creation and experimentation, a non-hierarchical structure dedicated to theatre practice as a social and political involvement, with a belief in theatre as a space for common reflection and in collectivity as a position against marginalizing systems. Omar Abi Azar is a theatre director and founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company. He was the dramaturge and director of several of Zoukak's performances that toured in various cities in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, South America, South Asia and Africa.

Omar Abi Azar from Zoukak Theatre Collective, with the other 2 artists, was part of the Borderline Offensive artistic residency in Gothenburg & Tjörn, Sweden in 2018, in collaboration with the Nordic Watercolour Museum - from where the idea for "The Museum of Real History" originated.
Targeted audience(s)
16+; can be presented at a gallery, museum, or theatre/performing arts festival.

Some of the contents might be appropriate only for adult audiences, depending on the contributions of workshop participants.
Set-up
Indoor exhibition space, capacity for 50 to 60 persons;

Logistics require exhibition stands/walls and video projection technology. The lecture-performance requires the set-up of a (even if faux) vernissage with exhibition programme, cocktail catering, and local cultural event dissemination (press-release, inclusion in cultural agenda, etc.).

The workshop can take place in the same space of the exhibition and requires no technical set-up, just creative writing and drawing materials.
Scenography
Inside and framed by the exhibition, with all artworks and costumes provided by the artists.

The lecture performance lasts for 40-70 min as part of the vernissage. How participants of the acting workshop are engaged in the lecture-performance, and what scenography that might require is agreed on location.
Budget
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