“Sand in the Eyes” on January 20 and 21
For many years, Rabih Mroué has been dealing with images of violence, the mechanisms of martyrdom worship and political propaganda. He collects, disassembles and overwrites materials and creates stage works, installations and texts. In them, he questions how images and stories are constructed and instrumentalised. During summer last year, the Lebanon-born artist began research on videos to recruit Islamic extremists in Hessen, Germany. He collected images and held talks with the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Germany. These form the material for his new work “Sand in the Eyes”. The focus is on videos especially tailored to the viewing habits of young people. But it also reaches the limits of what we want to see and can endure. What do these videos reveal about those who produce them? And how do they succeed in recruiting young people for terrorist causes?