A journey through the root systems of power, in search of the connections between surveillance, racism and fear.
The theatre performance Ways of Seeing has led to a national debate on artistic freedom of expression in Norway, after dramatic and incredible incidents in connection to the performance being shown at Oslo's Black Box Teater this winter.
Hanan Benammar has left France in favour of Norway, only to discover that Jean-Marie Le Pen and the National Front's agenda is deeply rooted here, as well. In Oslo, she meets Sara Baban, who fled Saddam Hussein's war against the Kurds in the 80s.
In this highly relevant performance, director Pia Maria Roll, together with Benammar, Baban and Marius von der Fehr, attempt to delineate the networks who's interests lie in making Norway a more racist society. Who are they and what do they want to achieve? What is the connection between the environment of these networks and a growing call for more surveillance?
Ways of Seeing enters the grey area between right and wrong and what is legal and illegal – both for the state and for the individual. Joining them on their journey is the former Supreme Court judge, Ketil Lund, who led the investigation of the Norwegian state's illegal surveillance of the political left in the 90s, and – a much-loved ghost.
«An immensely important performance» – SCENEKUNST.NO