7 Mar 2020 – 28 Mar 2020

Oncurating Project Space

Zürich, Switzerland


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The show assembles politically engaged practices of artists and practices of activists, whose work is directly concerned with taking up political positions. The exhibition aims to become a contact zone where different publics are invited to actively negotiate what has to be done.


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The physical part of the OnCurating Project Space is closed until further notice in light of the current pandemic situation, as we would like to keep a safe and healthy environment for our visitors. However our online platforms and projects will still be active, so stay tuned!

Exhibitions are seen as spatial experiences, yet the encounters with people, art, and its discourse are as important as the spatial formation. Especially in today’s states of emergencies – with a current pandemic virus limiting our social contacts, and moreover with the ecological catastrophe ahead and regressive nationalistic and identitarian movements wordwide –  new forms of meaningful connectivity and discussions with a wide range of participants internationaly are needed.

We have to cancel all the workshop and guided tours at the OnCurating Project Space. However the various talks and inputs will be moved to the digital with a live stream to the OnCurating Facebook page.
All the events will be held in English (if not otherwise declared).

Wednesday 18.03.
18:00 – Uriel Orlow & Marc Lee
Discussion on artistic practices

Friday 20.03.
16:00 – The Creative Memory of The Syrian Revolution
Talk with Sana Yazigi

18:00 – Yasemin Keskintepe
Curating and the digital commons
Curatorial talk

Saturday 21.03.14:00 – Yoshinori Niwa
Talk on artistic practice with Jose Caceres and Noriko Yamakoshi

17:00 – Warsaw Biennale COOPERATIVE PUMP UP

The project will include an extensive event programme with various encounters, series of talks, lectures and discussions as way of examining these intersectionalities and sharing an expanded public space.

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With video works by Paloma Ayala, Baltensperger + Siepert, Daniela Brugger, Luke Ching, Chto Delat, Enar de Dios Rodríguez, Harun Farocki, Jeff Hong, Marc Lee, Yoshinori Niwa, Dima Nechawi, Mohamad Omran, Uriel Orlow, Ursula Palla, „le peuple qui manque – a people is missing (Kantuta Quiros, Aliocha Imhoff), Robert Schlicht + Romana Schmalisch, Jonas Staal.

And with participation of the activist groups: Architecture for Refugees Schweiz, Autonome Schule Zürich, The Creative Memory of The Syrian Revolution, Love Lazers, Libreria delle Donne, Bern, Progetto Oreste, Stadtlücken, Video Activism, Warsaw Biennale, Who writes his_tory?, The Media Office of Kafranbel.

The presence of political discourse in contemporary art has been firmly established for decades, with its intense and important interventions. In our current political climate, where in many states and nations the raging economics of global capital and its outcomes have in many instances been followed by reactionary votes and support for age-old heteronormative and identitarian fundamentalisms, the necessity of the influence of political art and a range of voices dramatically increases. The accelerating success of populist rhetoric and increasingly concerning consequences of global warming only add urgency to the matter. It is fair to state that art and activism on their own are not enough to open up minds and affect the fundamental ground level change necessary to realise a fairer and more equal global society.

Therefore, we are inspired to use the idea of “chains of equivalence” as theorised by Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau as a starting point, in order to present positions of shared interests of activism, art practice and curating, and everything that happens in between, in a conversation about how these spheres affect the creating and reshaping of society towards justice and norms of equality, and how these respective practices negotiate their roles to have an effect in societies.

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Dorothee Richter

Exhibiting artists

Baltensperger + Siepert

Enar de Dios Rodríguez

Jonas Staal

Luke Ching

Daniela Brugger

Marc Lee

Robert Schlicht + Romana Schmalisch

Adrian Paci

Mohamad Omran

Ursula Palla

Paloma Ayala

Yoshinori Niwa

Jeff Hong

Harun Farocki

Uriel Orlow

Dima Nechawi

Chto Delat

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