Performance

From 16th to 18th July, 2018
Venue: Rectorate of the University of Sevilla

Stopping for a moment to think about the concept of a border will be the exercise proposed to all participants and visitors to the Congress at the Rectorate of the University by Wocmes Sevilla 2018’s cultural agenda and in particular by ‘The Absence of Paths’ performance, carried out in collaboration with the Kamel Lazaar Foundation. ‘The Absence of Paths’ performance, staged at the Tunisia Pavilion during the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, is an artistic show that invites people to join a movement to challenge border regulations and focuses on migration and freedom of movement.

A kiosk reminiscent of any checkpoint of our recent contemporary history receives visitors, who can register as migrants with “Origin: Unknown”, “Destination: Unknown” or “Status: Migrant” and obtain a universal travel document that looks like an official visa.

During the Venice Biennale, people could register at the different kiosks spread all over the city and knock on the doors of a world with ‘open borders’ to be citizens of everywhere and nowhere.

‘The Absence of Paths’ arrives at WOCMES2018 with the same goal: to encourage reflection on the refugee crisis and the privilege of world cultural and artistic events.

During the staging of this performance, false travel documents called ‘Freesas’ will be emitted and visitors will need to have them stamped with their fingerprint to validate them and agree to ‘back a universal freedom of movement philosophy without a need for arbitrary sanctions based on status’.

The first national pavilion of Tunisia since 1958 challenged contemporary political order with ‘the Absence of Paths’, an interactive performance aimed to inspire more investigation into human movement. Curated by Lina Lazaar, at the request of the Presidency of the Republic of Tunisia and the Ministry of Cultural Matters, The Absence of Paths marks a continual association between concerned members of the public and the blooming artistic community of Tunisia.

Opening hours: From 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm.
Rectorate of the University of Sevilla

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