We Are Going to Make Something about War, Gender and Liberty, It Will Be Titled: What Would Chelsea Say

Curators’ Statement

We Are Going to Make Something about War, Gender and Liberty, It Will Be Titled: What Would Chelsea Say by authors and performers Đorđe Živadinović Grgur and Irena Ristić is one of the pieces at this year's festival focusing on the lecture-performance format that goes a step further by simultaneously presenting a kind of theatrical inquiry inspired by American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman and former US Army intelligence analyst. An additional intriguing aspect of this inquiry is the collaboration with architecture students who, alongside the authors, contemplated the design of spaces where Manning found herself during key moments of her whistleblowing on US military war crimes. In addition, the uniqueness of this performance is also reflected in the audience’s chance to choose between being observers behind the scene (sometimes also literally behind the curtain), and actively participating in the inquiry thus contributing, in a kind of co-authorship through their insights, actions and reflections, to the development of this exciting and important story.