A work by artist Maayan Mozes and an interview with the political activist and author Angela Davis are presented in one partitioned space.
Mozes stands on her head in front of the Knesset, physically opposing the legislature’s form and function. The book of laws authorizes the state to exercise its power against us. The physical resistance captured in Mozes’ video art is part of the history of political activity as protest, demonstration, and public performances in which the body resists and refuses to comply with authoritarian structures. It is also a demonstration of the artist’s personal and relentless opposition to the injustice of the prevailing order.
Angela Davis was among the leaders of the Black Panther Party. In 1970, Davis was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for two years, during which she led a legal battle until her acquittal. The featured interview was filmed in jail during her imprisonment. At one point, the Swedish TV crew interviewing Davis asks whether the Black Panthers will continue to resort to violence. However, instead of falling into the populist trap, Davis presents the personal and historical contexts of the question of violence, successfully framing and outlining the arguments while being behind bars.
angela davis: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975; by Göran Olsson (2011)
maayan mozes: headstanding 2016, Full HD, Single video channel, 30 min
amphi: concept by ana wild. planned and buily with aia zaiger