A New Region of the World

Bunkier Sztuki
Kraków
September 9–November 12 2017
Opening: September 8.09.2017, 18 p.m.

Hank Willis Thomas, A Common Misunderstanding, 2011, Courtesy of the artist

“A New Region of the World” is a concept borrowed from Martinican writer Édouard Glissant.  It refers to place consisting of elements from every culture in dialogue with each other, on the basis of reciprocity, not hegemony.
The exhibition itself entitledA New Region of the Worldwill be a part of the Conrad Festival, an international literary event, in October.  The exhibition takes as its starting point Joseph Conrad’s voyage down the Congo River, which encapsulates a vision of identities and classifications, sharply defined and at odds with one other.  In this paradigm, “Europe” and “Africa” are paired opposites and a larger metaphor for various other hierarchies segregating humanity.
The artists participating in the exhibition make use of a wide range of media, from the elegiac and melancholic to the ironic and grotesque.  They examine the traumas of the past.  They question how we can transcend the framework of discriminatory patterns of thought and behaviour.  They undermine the seemingly impervious dichotomies of “sameness” vs “difference”, “ours” vs “theirs”, “here” vs “there”, and “authenticity” vs “inauthenticity”. They also consider the future, exploring the possibilities of utopias constructed on entirely new principles.
Literature will also be present, not only literally present like the quotes of French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline found on a teapot or a space rocket fuelled by the poems of Aimée Césaire, both of which the exhibition showcases; the radical spirit of such thinkers as James Baldwin, Frantz Fanon and Achille Mbembe will also be present.  Their call to embrace a shared humanity, based on an awareness of our common fate, can also be found in a line from a poem by Claudia Rankine: “we are travelling as a family”.


(in conjunction with Ines Doujak’s exhibition Masterless Voices)
Curator: Olga Stanisławska
Co-Curator: Anna Bargiel
Exhibition Coordinator: Jolanta Zawiślak
Exhibition Preparator: Mateusz Okoński
Artists: Ewan Atkinson, Kader Attia, Marie-Hélène Cauvin, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque, Brendan Fernandes, Joscelyn Gardner, Nomusa Makhubu, Christine Meisner, Yedda Morrison, Rachelle Mozman Solano, Claudia Rankine & John Lucas, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Jan Simon, Hank Willis Thomas, Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation, et al.

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