Astro: »Nemesis Revamped«
Astrit Ismaili is primarily known for performance art that connects real and imagined bodies in order to reveal different ways of being. This decidedly genderqueer approach is bolstered by the use of vocals and pop-music references. Questions of identity and society are dealt with through artistic aesthetics as well as socio-political discourse. After all, just as pop can solidify existing hierarchies, it also has the potential to subvert them. Ismaili’s practice is as variable and open-ended as the concepts behind it. In the Çaystube, the songs of the piece »Nemesis« get staged in relation to folkloric rituals and songs, providing a way to deal with demarcations of geopolitical borders, experiences of migration, bodily autonomy and the right to integrity, in a performance that promises to overcome separations beyond just the one between artist and audience.