Nelly has written a blog entry on the conception of the latest Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios project- I am (not) a monster!

In preparation of the 4th Istanbul Biennale, Z33 has created a platform for Nelly to expose some of the first ideas, melting points and diving boards NBH studios has been faced with in the lead up to filming and how the project came into being.

‘I am (not) a monster’ intends to demonstrate the state of ideologies- their origins, formulation and power structures- in contemporary society. Trained by Noh theatre and Kabuki’s experts and Sumotoris in Japan, with Bunraku puppets in hand, Nelly Ben Hayoun will reenact and question the writings of Hannah Arendt while talking to philosophers and families about their views on the role of learning and education in society today.

The blog dawns literally and metaphorically “I wake up in a splendid mood. It is 4:40 am when I first stand up somewhere on someone’s bed- my cousin Hugo’s- bed, someplace in Lyon. I repack what I had unpacked the night before, but this time with a little euphoria as I close the case”. The blog continues on explaining the rollercoaster year- difficulties faced and high points. 

It is a real insight into how I am (not) a Monster came to fruition, and we recommend you give it a read. You can find the article here!

Z33- House for Contemporary Art creates projects, exhibitions, productions, and publications by and with artists. Contemporary art, architecture, design, and film are used to bring to the fore and critically examine a variety of social themes. The projects are always the result of a long-term and deepening research and lead to an extensive program of artistic activities. Z33 aims to question the norm, encourage curiosity, and provide a new frame of reference but also seeks to provide knowledge, skills, and tools to its public so as to set things in motion. Z33 has a particular focus on talent development as well as on projects that stimulate new connections between artists, designers, researchers, scientists and (urban) residents. Z33 regularly acts as curator and partner for organisations and research and educational institutions within and outside the arts field.