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Father State and Mother Nature
Vera Hagemann & Harry Lampl 


Photo: Vera Hagemann

Yalda Afsah’s video works create a comprehensive view of the relationship between humans and animals. Moments of affection and care emerge, but also power and control of man over nature become apparent. This interaction has also become deeply inscribed in our linguistic usage, prominent examples being the apparent antipodes Father State” and Mother Nature”. The performance takes its starting point from such attributions and opens up a critical view of the meanings attributed to the animal and plant realm from a human perspective. Environmental activists from the 1970s to the present day will also have their say.

The performance takes place in cooperation with the Institute of History, University of Graz and the 2nd League for Art and Culture.


Participating artists

Vera Hagemann

*1979 East Berlin, lives in Graz

studied acting at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig from 1999 – 2003. This was followed by positions at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, in Mühlheim an der Ruhr and Cologne. Since 2005 Vera Hagemann has been working as a freelance theater artist in Graz, where she founded the performance collective second league for art and culture. From 2011 – 2019 she was program officer for theater/​performance/​dance at Forum Stadtpark and also participated in numerous cross-disciplinary projects.

Harry Lampl

*1987 Graz, lebt in Graz und Hamburg

is an Austrian actor who has appeared in numerous film and television productions in the German-speaking world. Most recently, he played the legendary Austrian commentator Heinz Prüller in Klammer — Chasing the Line (2021). In addition, he is also active as a musician, performer and theater actor. A special highlight is the annual première of Vitamins of Society in St. Ulrich im Greith. This year’s production Rad der Zeit by Johannes Schrettle and also with Vera Hagemann, can still be seen on the Murinsel in Graz from August 18 — 22.

Photo: Vera Hagemann