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Tenderhands...
 

 ... is a series of instructions handwritten on post-its on daily basis, which I have been practicing since the global lockdown. I sit at the table and imagine how to “ease” the anxiety of hands and body in poetic and somatic ways that resonate with what I have done and observed mostly at my home and sometimes outside while practicing social distancing. This process is usually actualized in ten to twenty minutes and written on a small memo-pad (Post-it) made of recycled paper to function as both an instruction and a poem.


    This project requires constant writing practices and a biopolitical understanding of different concepts of hands--hands of oneself, strangers, and beloved ones. All instructions are delineated in irrational yet poetic writings to be against the fact that instructions are generally supposed to be straightforward and precise. Thus, the two contrasting aspects of this practice - the concrete and the abstract - simultaneously mingle in a medium of instruction for the overarching concept—the anxiety of public and private hands.


 

 

 


2020, ivetta