Natascha Sadr Haghighian. relearning bearing witness

Natascha Sadr Haghighian exposes the contradictions and sources of friction within visual representation. The selection of writings, interviews, materials, and pictures of works by the artist gathered here spans roughly fifteen years. It shines light on the artist’s sustained curiosity and the multifaceted research it spurs into techniques of seeing and technologies of visibility. “Looking awry,” a practice that pays attention to what is seen from the corner of one’s eye, that seeks out the margins of the images and pursues the visual byways, is its chosen method. Typically using her own phenomenological observations as points of departure, Sadr Haghighian has in the present book compiled examples of this technique of seeing and thinking that illustrate its varied application.

The publication is published on the occasion of the exhibition Natascha Sadr Haghighian. passing one loop into another. Hannah Höch Advancement Award 2020, June 12 – July 31, 2020. Natascha Sadr Haghighian develops installations, video and audio works, as well as performative interventions which reveal the infrastructures and conditions of our social order. Taking current and historical events as a point of departure, the artist addresses how our scope of action, structure of the gaze, and ultimately our thinking are formed. She shows the complex interdependencies and the mutual interpenetration of technology, politics, systems of value creation, and the biological, and calls into question our anthropocentric self-understanding. In 2020 Natascha Sadr Haghighian was honored by the State of Berlin with the Hannah Höch Advancement Award for outstanding artistic achievements by mid-career artists.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.


n.b.k. Discourse Vol. 17

Natascha Sadr Haghighian. relearning bearing witness. Published by Marius Babias and Anna Lena Seiser, with an introduction by Brian Kuan Wood, texts by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, an afterword by Marius Babias and Anna Lena Seiser, and a greeting by Klaus Lederer.

376 pages, with color illustrations, soft cover, English, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne 2021


19.80 € / 15.00 € (Members)