Tenderhands
subtitle: Instructions for Anxious Hands

Semi-bleached memo pad of 400 pages, ongoing instructions handwritten, 3.93”X3.93”, 2020, W.I.P.

+ Purchase note: one instruction for a three-minute-video of your own hands.
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Tenderhands is a series of instructions handwritten on post-its on daily basis, which I have been practicing since the global lockdown. I sit at the table and imagine how to “ease” the anxiety of hands and body in poetic and somatic ways that resonate with what I have done and observed mostly at my home and sometimes outside while practicing social distancing. This process is usually actualized in ten to twenty minutes and written on a small memo-pad (Post-it) made of recycled paper to function as both an instruction and a poem.


This project requires constant writing practices and a biopolitical understanding in different concepts of hands--hands of oneself, strangers, and beloved ones. All instructions are delineated in irrational yet poetic writings to be against the fact that instructions are generally supposed to be straightforward and precise. Thus, the two contrasting aspects of this practice - the concrete and the abstract - simultaneously mingle in a medium of instruction for the overarching concept—the anxiety of public and private hands.


2020, ivetta



Public presentation: 

* By Proxy (Tenderhands live-performaned on Instagram as part of the group exhibition), Arlington Art Center, USA / 9 July - 7 September 2020 ︎

* From Body to Body to Bodies (group exhibition), Canada Far-East Art Center, Montreal, Canada, presented by Time Art Project & curated by Xin Yao / 31 October - 14 November 2020  ︎




+ See all the instructions and upcoming ones until I write 400 instructions here: https://yourtenderhands.tumblr.com/





Selected instructions from Tenderhands were live-streamed on Arlington Arts Center’s Instagram account as a series of live performances from 13th-31st July 2020, as part of the group show, By Proxy.

Video documentation of the live-performances: 





Installation shot at From Body to Body to Bodies (group exhibition)