Life constantly escapes

© Luna Ghisetti und Andrea Popelka


Opening evening: THU, 25 02 2021, 4 - 7:30 pm

Duration: FRI, 26 02 2021 - SAT, 03 04 2021

Guest Curator: Andrea Popelka

The capitalist modern age is a socio-ecological catastrophe, a perpetual attack on life. At its core are certain ways of being, certains of subjectivisation and global conditions, which separate humans from the material of the world and put them in an extractive, value-based relation with it.

Theorists, poets, and artists of the Black Radical Tradition as well as queer, feminist, and indigenous voices have been criticising this violent process since longer. Amongst the former, Fred Moten, for example, along with Saidiya Hartman or Denise Ferreira da Silva, speaks of blackness. It refers to a social power that precedes modernity, opposes and surpasses it. Blackness is irreducibly connected with the coercion and brutality with which it is pursued as the social life and alleged attribute of black people. Herein, modern logic’s violent nature is blatantly obvious. Just like the desire to stipulate existence and draw dividing lines between the self and others, human, world, land, animal kingdom, or nature. Moten, Hortense Spillers, Ferreira da Silva, and indigenous authors radically challenge these notions. They conjure a hereafter of modernity, which—in light of the global state of emergency and conflict—we must urgently devote attention to.


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