For Sara Nabil art is a form of protest and a critique of patriarchal structures – an essential means of shaping social change. In her spatial installations and photography the Afghan artist, political scientist and human rights activist, combines themes of flight, dream and identity and campaigns for the equality of women and girls. The artistic work gives her back the voice that was taken from her in her home country.
For the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Mannheim Sara Nabil has conceived a new performance project and an interactive spatial installation. With her performance for the opening on May 04, 2022 in the Kunsthalle Mannheim's atrium, she responds to the renewed seizure of power by the Taliban in August 2021, whose fundamentalist worldview regulates female identity to the point of invisibility, employing gender segregation, a strict dress code and rules of conduct. Nabil’s art protest not only shows how the female body, in all its facets – from hair to clothing – becomes alienated, transformed into a site of political ideologies, cultural conflicts and power struggles, but is also a source of self-determination and freedom.
Curator: Christina Bergemann, M.A.
The opening performance for the exhibition, which took place on 4 May 2022 at the Kunsthalle Mannheim, can be seen as a video installation in the STUDIO exhibition.
Video: Philippe Mainz, Alexander Thelen, David Loscher, Benjamin Breitkopf
Installation: Jürgen Galli
Designer: Tanya Tverdokhlebova