Tenderhands
subtitle: Instructions for Anxious Hands

Semi-bleached memo pad of 400 pages, ongoing instructions handwritten (graphite) or typewritten (digital printing), 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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+ See all the instructions and upcoming ones until I write 400 instructions here: https://yourtenderhands.tumblr.com/



Tenderhands is a series of instructions handwritten on post-its on everyday 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 does not only require constant practices of writing but also 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





Selected instructions among 50 instructions that have been written so far






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: 






Public presentation