Nicoline van Harskamp

Nicoline van Harskamp, "Character Witness", 2008-2011.

The work is a speech composed of excerpts from autobiographies of well-known political characters. From each book an excerpts that describes a childhood event and one that describes a political event or statement was selected. The former, in most cases, functions as an alibi or explanation of the latter. A professional speech writer brought the excerpts brought the excerpts together and three actors delivered the speech live for an audience. The autobiographies comprise historical figures such as Malcolm X, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and Ariel Sharon.