Exhibition

Alphabet Of Touch >

11 Sep 2020 – 10 Oct 2020

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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The “muted howls” of the exhibition’s title refer to Sajan Mani’s translation of the protest songs of Dalit activist and poet Poykayil Appachan (1879–1939), from the suppressed history of South India to the drawn-upon walls of the European gallery.

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Sajan hails from a family of rubber tappers in a north Keralan village. Rubber is inextricable from extractive colonial histories and the utilitarian products of the capitalist present. In Mesoamerican cultures, the indigenous sap has a mysterious and sacred role in spiritual practices, and now it gathers a sensorial place in the artist’s memory. These multi-layered significations animate several works on display: the video Unlearning Lessons from my Father (2018) depicts his father at work with the rubber trees, projected onto a stretched piece of this same material, while the white silkscreen prints of the artist’s body, I want to touch the BWO of the rubber tree (2020), also on stretched rubber, extend a politics of touch. This collection of works embodies Sajan’s moving philosophy, which happens in the intimate space between personal and collective histories.

Exhibiting artists

Sajan Mani

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