AGHILI/KARLSSON – Shoresh / The Ground is on Fire
October 13 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on October 14, 2017 at 8:30pm
This performance by playwright and director Nasim Aghli and visual artist and set designer Björn Karlsson, both international artists based in Stockholm, Sweden, is inspired by four modern protests in Europe and the U.S., embodying historic and contemporary acts of civil disobedience, all of them important in the struggle for democracy and human rights.
The work is a follow-up to the Swedish performance The Ground is on Fire – a performance about uprising through Husby/Clichy-sous-Bois/Tottenham/South Central, which in 2014 got massive attention and gave rise to one of the biggest debates around performing arts and politics in Sweden. The performance was supported by activists and artists but was can-celled after one month by the theatre Östgötateatern with two months of sold out performances left. The journalists and police debating the performance talked about reversed racism and questioned the critique of police brutality and the art piece’s right to envision other political orders. The new performance Shoresh/The Ground is on Fire seeks to bring attention to questions about civil movements, public resistance and organizing in order to gain democratic rights, an important task in a time when racism, homophobia, capitalism and sexism work hand in hand to give the ruling people the power to define the movements and the resistance.
Shoresh / The Ground is on Fire will be performed in Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Stockholm as an international collaboration between the Swedish art group and four poets from the four cities, performing on stage and creating a site-specific performance. The different protest cities’ unique geographical context in relation to the themes civil disobedience and massive protests will create a web of solidarity between the places, the protests and the artists bearing witness to the struggles for justice and human rights.
Nasim Aghili (director, writer and performer) and Björn Karlsson (visual artist, set design and costume) is an artist duo working in the field of performing and visual arts. Their performances, theatre installations, art in the public space and soundpieces often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile mostly by creating grievability and healing rituals. Their latest performance piece Vahák, is a walk through a sound installation, a huge pink tent and poetic decolonising activism in different Sami languages and was one of the selected pieces at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennal for Children and Youth 2016. Nasim Aghili’s plays have been translated to different languages as English, Spanish and Arabic and their work have been performed in countries like England, Mexico, US, Holland, Estonia, Belgium, Norway and Sápmi.