The March of May 10, 2020

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.


On May 10, 2020, last day of the strict confinement, performance artist Kubra Khademi will be walking in the city of Paris, from the 20th arrondissement to the Eiffel Tower.

During the confinement, the limited one-kilometre distance one is allowed to go from home gave Kubra Khademi the impression that walking in the city became like climbing the Everest.
Her processual march takes place on the last day of strict confinement in France. From 8am to 8pm, the artist walks, hiking stick in hand, until she reaches her final point, the Eiffel Tower, where she will plant a white flag.

Her artistic statement takes the form of the certificate of derogatory travel in France, duly completed by the artist.

In collaboration with Latitudes Prod.

Kubra Khademi

Kubra Khademi is an Afghan artist born in 1989. As a performer and feminist she explores her life as a woman and a refugee through her work. Kubra Khademi studied the visual arts at the University of Kabul and Beaconhouse University in Lahore, Pakistan. That is where she started debuting performances for public places. Upon returning to Kabul she continued this work, laced with a certain criticism of Afghanistan’s totally male-dominated patriarchal society. In 2015 she performed Armor in the streets of Kabul. Following this highly polemical performance her life was threatened and she was forced to flee her country in the following days. She is currently based in Paris and has received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Minister of Culture.

Confined Public Space


CIFAS has been interested by artists working in public space for 10 years, thus investing the city as an open space for reflection and action, organising workshops, debates and artistic interventions.

In this public space, the role of the artist is complex and varied: disrupting our aesthetic habits, developing tools for social cohesion, contributing to urban renewal projects, etc... The artistic strategies to be deployed in the public space meet necessities and constraints that are very different from the spaces usually reserved for art (theatre or exhibition spaces).

Today, however, with the COVID-19 crisis, public space is suffering: it is no longer possible to move around, cross each other, or get together. A social shock that we all experience, confined to our private spheres. So how do we make art at a time when everyone fears for their health and that of their loved ones and wonders when and how it will be possible to return to urban life? Is there an art of confinement? What artistic strategies should be deployed in order to create in this context? What has become of public space today?

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.