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White on White #4 - ENJOY WHITENESS

Inspired by Renzo Martens’ film Enjoy Poverty (2009) and the theory of Critical Whiteness Studies, international artist coalition W.E.A.N. (White European Artist Network) presents ENJOY WHITENESS – a sophisticated add-on service to the theatrical situation, attempting to investigate the concept of whiteness, white privilege and the complex ways in which race is socially constructed and reproduced.

The aim of ENJOY WHITENESS is to provide an environment where performers and audience can enjoy their privileges by participating in a series of collective and individual rituals, and by enjoying these render them visible. As a participant of ENJOY WHITENESS you will be carefully guided through a select number of stations designed for your exclusive enjoyment, such as THE WIGGER STATION, THE TABLE OF GUILT or the soothing FRUIT & FACEBOOK-CORNER. Each performance of ENJOY WHITENESS culminates in a joint visit to one of the festival’s headlining shows.






White people with exactly Whiteness as their attribute get aware of the fact that their privileges are on the expense of someone else.

This is the starting point for the White European Artist Network W.E.A.N. in Enjoy Whiteness – simply the smartest performance of the festival.

At the noble Storan-Theatre´s attic, small groups of audience are to play enjoyment-games under the direction of five, beautiful guys or “W.E.A.N.ers”. At least one of them has never worked with anything else than art, he confesses while proposing a toast around the Table of Guilt. Then he does as Andy Warhol and eats a hamburger for the sake of art. Everyone is expected to repeat this ritual of confession, something that turns out to be pretty hard. For long moments there is intense silence, but the toasts get more common as thirst grows.

A series of guilt-toasts and anecdotes are brought to life, and in the end we are all inaugurated to being “W.E.A.N.ers”. As basis for this we have also visited a couple of “interpassive” stations where we from far have “enjoyed” the white guys different illustrations of race-related structures of superiority and inferiority.

(Nummer, Liv Landell Major, 29th of May, 2012)

By and with : Erik Berg, Alexander Hall, Gustaf Iziamo, Iggy Malmborg, Johannes Schmit.

Production : Guacho, White on White.

Supported by : Swedish arts council, Innovativ kultur.

Shown at : Power Distortion (Stockholm), Gothenburg dance and theatre festival

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