• Frame of Accountability
    Helene Kazan
    Helene Kazan

Helene Kazan, “Frame of Accountability: (Un)Touching Ground,” 2022. Digital film still. Courtesy the artist

This experimental multi-part film project investigates “risk” as a lived limit condition produced through capitalist financial systems and violent modes of conflict. International laws of war and aerial bombardment are violent processes undertaken by strong states to secure sovereignty and control over bodies, land, and resources. The risk inherent to these processes then extends into the architecture of the lived-built environment as a form of governance. Focusing on “risk” across Lebanon and Syria, with a view to understanding the wider regional and global consequences, the project engages feminist, decolonial, critical-legal, and artistic methods to explore possibilities of dismantling its ongoing operation. Recontextualizing risk, a complex of human and nonhuman voices give poetic testimony to risk’s disproportionate effects as the project investigates the revolutionary potential of such methods and practices of radical solidarity.

Helene Kazan is a research-based practitioner and senior lecturer in Critical Theory at the School of the Arts, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University. Kazan is artist-in-residence at the Law and Theory Lab, the School of Law, Westminster University (2022–23); and was a Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics the New School, New York (2018–20). She received her doctorate from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Kazan has exhibited and published work in exhibitions and with museums and institutions internationally.