At the centre of the world there is a fiction, a story as a hole to let the future in.

N.E.S.H.A.A.’s story for the future is a curse poem*: it curses, calls out emotions, looks to the past, denounces what went wrong and directs its gaze to the future. What kind of story wants to be told today? What protagonists, human and non-human, will emerge?

Not Every Ship Has An Author (N.E.S.H.A.) is a collaboration between Peter Aers and Obiozo Ukpabi of Building Conversation and artists Femke Gyselinck and Melissa Mabesoone. Within the framework of A CURSE POEM, they will be aligning their practices, straddling the borders of performance, poetry and participation.

N.E.S.H.A.A. challenges the belief that a story has one author. Is it feasible for one person to own a story that is shared across time and thoughts? During the research process of A CURSE POEM, more researchers, artists, poets and storytellers from the past and present are involved and sources are shared.

On www.acursepoem.com you will find more background information and you can roam through our sources. You can also follow our creation process on Instagram @acursepoem.

* In the history of literature, the first curse poems can be found with poets such as Ovid and Enheduanna. They used a powerful language to curse what had happened to them. Often external forces or deities were invoked to strengthen them in rectifying or avenging these events.


A CURSE POEM is a collaboration with Building Conversation and is supported by arts centres Vooruit, KAAP, BUDA, workspacebrussels, the Østfold Internasjonale Teater and the Flemish Community.

With and by Peter Aers, Femke Gyselinck, Melissa Mabesoone, Obiozo Ukpabi, Bart Capelle, Eimi Leggett, Laureline Pattyn, Famke Dhont.