In All Inclusive, Julian Hetzel questions the aestheticization of violence and the explosive force of image wars. Exploring the principle of “creation through destruction”, Hetzel imported several kilos of debris from a conflict zone in Syria to central Europe. These remnants of the war have now been transformed into art.
All Inclusive juxtaposes art and war, tourists and refugees, reality and imagination in a journey through a temporary exhibition space. You are invited to watch a visit through a museum where reality strikes back. What if we could capitalize empathy by making people watch people?
The performances in Ghent will be in Dutch on Wednesday & Thursday, in English on Friday.
90 minutes / in Dutch
An equally brilliant and painful performance, a shot at our morals
While the 25th edition of the Mladi Levi festival showcased contemporary dance trends, it also shone a spotlight on socially engaged art. Perhaps the best example of this is Julian Hetzel’s show All Inclusive which deals with ethical questions of (re)presenting war traumas in art
All Inclusive offers painfully familiar scenes that make you laugh just as much as they make you frown. Hetzel exposes the often too pompous intentions of art and is critical about the thin line between engagement and exploitation, including his own.
a highlight in his already strong oeuvre
an accurate performance about the boundaries between engagement and empathy porn
All Inclusive is all about the consequence of making destruction and destructing itself into art and showing it in a museum. It is at times very confronting. But definitely worthwhile.
Hetzel rivela un’evidenza in fondo già nota: l’ambiguità tra un reale conflitto e la sua esaltazione estetica, il rapporto incerto con la violenza tra attrazione e rifiuto e la creazione di un mercato culturale che ne approfitta.
director Julian Hetzel performers Kristien De Proost, Edoardo Ripani, Geert Belpaeme and local extras dramaturg Miguel Angel Melgares artistic advice Sodja Lotker costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz technical Korneel Coessens & Piet Depoortereproduction assistance Sabine Mangeleer produced by CAMPO in collaboration with Stichting Ism&Heit coproduced by Frascati Productions, Schauspiel Leipzig, Münchner Kammerspiele & SPIELART Festival thanks to Grace Al-Ahmar & Liam Alzafari (rubble art), Hannes Waldschütz (design spin art machine), Niklas Hamman (3 art design) & Printstudio 868 Special thanks to Ahmad Alhaj-Karim, Ahmed M I Soboh, Alaa Howija, Babak Tolouei, Ban Al-Shaikhli, Dubravko Butina, Emad Khazal, Fadi Rajab, Ghassan Al Najjar, Mina Ahmadyaar, Mohannad F Khalaf, Nadia Alhassanat, Nasrudin Alham, Nazila Bahador, Patrick Debyser, Yara Ward a.o.