Laughter in Hell

Zineb Sedira  |  Visual Arts  |  2014  |  Algeria
Through humor, Algerians have been able to talk about and denunciate the most unspeakable of events. Laughter in Hell addresses the psychological, philosophical and political dimensions of jokes and the tropes of irony and parody as a subversive mode of communication during Algeria's ‘Black Decade’ during which the government fought a brutal internal war against Islamist insurgency. Laughter in Hell is a cultural research and installation project that explores black humor as a form of resistance used by civilians to escape everyday violence.