outposts of resistance

12/21/17

outposts of resistance is a documentary work examining reasons and impacts of the 2003 war on Iraq.
In a mix of video installation and performance based on documentary video recordings and interviews, outposts of resistance investigates the peace action “Human Shields” that attempted to stop the 2003 bombing of Iraq.
The research-based piece examines possibilities of political involvement on a social level as well as the meaning and consequences of Western interference.
Prior to the outbreak of the war in early 2003, peace activists departed from London travelling towards Baghdad in three double-decker busses. Their aim was to gather as many people as possible in Iraq – acting as human shields for the local population. They assumed that the US-led troops would refrain from bombing the country as pictures of Western war victims would have caused an outcry at home. The activists strongly criticized this disparate valuation of life while simultaneously utilising it in a strategic way. 
Considered from some temporary distance, the initiative seems highly contradictory. In an almost exemplary manner, limits of active, political interference are rendered visible. By using metaphorical imagery, i.e. recruiting the archaic or religious notion of the victim as a means for political combat, the initiative becomes emblematic.

Sebastian Hirn / Lisa Hörstmann / Constanze Knapp / Brigitte Haas / Dorian Häfner / Natalia Fernandes / Geir Angell Øygarden / Ina Tempel / vox nova

Funded by the City of Munich’s Department for Arts and Culture and the Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Stiftung.