Youssef Tabti



2017, Videoinstallation

RHETORIC – Hill of the PNIX marks the end of Youssef Tabti’s Istanbul trilogy. The work revolves around the theme of freedom of speech and democracy. Only the first two parts, however, could be completed in Istanbul. After the coup attempt in 2016, Tabti had to relocate the project to a neighbouring country – Greece. In Athens Err met with Christos Yannaras, a theologian and philosopher whose theses have caused controversy far beyond Greece. In the centre of the Pnix, the place of popular assemblies in ancient Athens, Yannaras reminds us of the rhetoric art of democracy and thus sensitizes us for the current threat to freedom of expression.

Youssef Tabti, born in Paris, lives in Hamburg since 1996. His works were featured internationally in over 80 exhibitions in more than 20 countries. Festivals include the Istanbul Biennale (2009), the 2nd Triennale at Grand Palais Paris as well as participation in the supporting program of the european wandering Biennale Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010).