subtitle: Instructions for Anxious Hands

+ Semi-bleached memo pad of 400 pages, ongoing instructions handwritten, 3.93”X3.93”, 2020-current.

+ Purchase note: one instruction for a three-minute-video of your own hands. Email me for inquiries.

+ Part of the work was created with support from the Korean Art Council & GyeongGi Cultural Foundation


    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

+ See all the instructions and upcoming ones here: www.yourtenderhands.com

+ Video documentation of the live-performances: 

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

+ Installation version includes: Tenderhands Instructions #1-50 (3.93” X 3.93”), semi-bleached memo pads, a green netting (6.6ft), fifty instructions, staple, three photographs (13” X 10”), a chair, a table, a pen, a glass jar, blank memo pads (3.93” X 3.93”), a video installation (single, colour, English subtitles, sound, 41m), 2020-current.

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