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Subversive Affirmation

Subversive Affirmation

This essay looks into critical mimesis as an artistic strategy, discussing how artists imitate or copy non-theatre systems or formats while subtly subverting them, thus critiquing these existing systems and ideologies ‘from within.’ After providing a brief example—Julian Hetzel’s Schuldfabrik—the essay further introduces the concept of subversive affirmation and the closely related notion of over-identification, referring to scholars Inke Arns and Sylvia Sasse, Slavoj Žižek and the BAVO research collective. The concept of subversive affirmation is then used to analyse the large-scale project Unified Estonia by Theatre NO99 (2010), in which the Estonian theatre company created a fictious political party to investigate the performance of populist politics. Zooming in on (moral) ambiguity and ethical dilemmas as key characteristics of the strategy, the essay closes with a brief discussion of Samira Elagoz’s solo Cock, Cock … Who’s There? (2016), in which she cleverly plays with the logics of online dating platforms in order to re-appropriate the male gaze. keywords; camouflage acts, imitation as critical practice, mimesis, over-identification, performance and politics, subversive affirmation