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An Unpredictable Expression of Human Potential

14. Oktober 2017 - 19. Januar 2018

Kurator: Hicham Khalidi
Assoziierte Kuratorin: Natasha Hoare

Mit: Pedro Barateiro & Quinn Latimer, Eric Baudelaire, Sabrina Belouaar, Mohamed Bourouissa, Gaëlle Choisne, CJ Clarke & Christopher Ian Smith, Jesse Darling, Laura Henno, Randa Maroufi, Rayane M’cirdi, Dala Nasser, Younes Rahmoun, Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Eric van Hove und Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

Beirut Art Center
Jisr El Wati - Off Corniche an Nahr
Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh
Beirut, Libanon
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Teil von Sharjah Biennale 13: Tamawuj Act 2 in Beirut, veranstaltet von der Sharjah Art Foundation und Ashkal Alwan


Unruhen erschütterten die Pariser Vorstadt Seine-Saint-Denis nach der Misshandlung des jungen Théo durch die Polizei, die Erdrosselung eines jungen schwarzen Mannes mit Namen Adama Traoré in Polizeigewahrsam löste ein Jahr zuvor Empörung aus. Wütende Bewohner versammelten sich am ausgebrannten Grenfell Hochhaus in London. Eine Generation junger Syrer wächst paralysiert durch ihren Flüchtlingsstatus in Libanon auf.

Die Erfahrungen junger Menschen in der Welt von heute, sowohl die vermittelten als auch die direkten, sind ein Zusammentreffen mit alltäglicher struktureller Gewalt, verbunden mit einem ständigen Misstrauen gegenüber dem Staat und geprägt durch den Ausschluss vom nationalen und globalen neoliberalen Narrativ.

Instead of asking for solutions from art and sketching nostalgic utopias that take recourse in failed leftist projects of the recent past, this exhibition seeks to respond to the present global moment in which a paradigmatic shift can be sensed in the air and through cultural expression. The exhibition’s title is drawn from journalist Joshua Rothman’s analysis of Raymond Williams’ definition of “culture” as the organic, heterogeneous and disobedient inversion of the disciplinary thrust of “civilization.” Ever shifting and subject to dynamic re-appropriation, culture is central to a younger generation’s expression of frustration with and protest against the rampant violence of the state and decisions imposed on them by older generations – an inheritance they did not ask for and did not shape.

Artists are invited to express, define and participate in the tectonics of this moment.

Projects coalesce around and emerge from youth culture, social anger and unrest, carceral urban environments and trafficking, while disregarding the conventions of art, design, literature, film, fashion and poetry. The exhibition thus aims to reflect the complex entanglement of a pan-global climate of entropy and failed (but ever manipulated) nationalisms, and the energy of youthful rejections of received narratives. Artists are drawn together from across metropolises such as Lisbon, Athens, Tétouan, Algiers, Paris, Berlin, Casablanca and Beirut to represent diverse perspectives that converge in a viewpoint, surveying the state of things on the ground through irony, sincerity, criticality and celebration.

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(Texte: Veranstalter. © Fotos, Übersetzung: Binder & Haupt)

SB13 Act II in Beirut

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