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kunstraum niederoesterreich


Radical aesthetics and the consequences of extreme events

Curated by: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman


An exhibition project at KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH 25 09 - 05 12 2015

and in the public space of Vienna with projects in collaboration with TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien and WUK.performing.arts


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ayesha hameed (CA/GB)


Ayesha Hameed

A Rough History (of the destruction of fingerprints), video still © Ayesha Hameed, 2015





ayesha hameed (CA/GB)


A Rough History (of the destruction of fingerprints), 2015

Video (digitized 16mm film), 4:52 min. | Video (Text) 8:34 min.


To live means to leave traces —Walter Benjamin

We were huddled in front of the thin light of a fire in an abandoned house on a cold January night in Calais. X was making another cup of very sugary tea. Y, stirring the kindling, yelled as he accidentally grabbed a burning twig. "Are you trying to clean your fingerprints?" laughed X.

A Rough History is a film essay that looks at the coalescence of skin and data in the collection and destruction of fingerprints in the Eurodac in the EU. The artist look at the life and circulation of the image of the fingerprint and the different life of the fingerprint attached to a body that produces that image. This is a speculative history that travels from border checks to early gestures in film.