Natascha Sadr Haghighian | Fuel to the Fire
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden | 20.10.2016–15.1.2017
Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s new installation Fuel to the Fire raises topical issues like the militarization
of the police, images as testimonies, and institutionalized racism and violence. Patio heaters and fleece blankets are important elements in the exhibition space. Usually associated with outdoor seating, they function in Sadr Haghighian’s work as markers of enclosure or exclusion and appear in various roles in the installation. In one area, the blankets carry screen-printed images of incidents of police violence that have evoked significant protests. As part of The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice.

The installation also includes parts of a balcony from a million program housing unit, a sound piece with leaking headphones, and newspaper clippings echoing media stereotypes and alternative narratives. A newly produced newspaper contains material on the history of SWAT police and on the role of eyewitness video that creates a legitimacy crisis for the police. The free newspaper also includes interviews with activists Hamid Khan and Ailin Moaf Mirlashari, cultural geographer Irene Molina, and journalists Somar Al Naher and och Rouzbeh Djalaie, and can be taken home to read.