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Harskamp, Nicoline van

b. Hazerswoude, NL; lives and works in Amsterdam, NL

Yours in Solidarity, 2009-12 Video, audio, archival material, variable dimensions 

Nicoline van Harskamp’s work investigates the relationship between politics and personalities, and speech as a political act. Her work questions issues of authority and power, and organized political systems. Yours in Solidarity focuses on the history and future of anarchism and revolves around the archived correspondence of the Dutch anarchist Karl Max Kreuger (1946-1999), now housed in the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam. Kreuger maintained extensive correspondence with around 400 fellow anarchists worldwide. After studying letters from 60 of them –- focusing her investigation on their respective political observations and analysing their handwriting–- van Harskamp cast actors of the appropriate ages and nationalities in order to reconstruct the correspondents’ life stories after the last date of writing, imagining what would happen if they were to meet today. The resulting work brings together van Harskamp’s notes and quotations from over 1000 letters, video documentation of individual working sessions with actors, and a video of the meeting. The work highlights the incompatibility of individual needs and beliefs with the collective impulse of ideologies, which can be seen as one of the reasons for the current political impasse. The project draws our attention to a turning point in the global political situation following the demise of post-war idealism, the rise of neo-liberalism and growing disparities in wealth, the consolidation of a society based on fear and the increasing infringement of civil liberties in the name of ‘safety and security’, which have led to the renewed anti-authoritarian tendency in global popular protest today. KG