Hamza Kırbaş, POWERISM, 2018. Screenshot from video.
POWERISM: a public game
Residency Unlimited x KODA
Sep 17, 2022
Colonels Row - Colonels Row - Building 404B
POWERISM is a public game created by current Residency Unlimited artist-in-residence Hamza Kırbaş. Anyone who wants to play is invited to walk on top of, or try to walk on top of, tomato paste cans that they hold with strings. The first iteration of POWERISM was conducted by the artist with a group of children in Istanbul in 2018. Click here for more info.
Since the beginning of mankind, the exercise of power and more specifically “powerism,” a disposition that supports the hegemonic influence of one group of powered people over another is even more pervasive in our contemporary society because it is more invisible.
By devising this absurd game, the artist likens the concept of “powerism” to the metaphor of a street play conducted by children and adults. POWERISM invites the audience to examine their daily lives where we are at times the playmaker and at other times the subject, ultimately allowing us to question this process.
This exhibition from Residency Unlimited will take place outside of KODA House, Colonels Row Building 404B. Click here to learn more about Residency Unlimited.
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