On August 4th, ZONA DYNAMIC exhibits PALA, an artist laboratory that aimed to express the nature of collaboration and its politics.
Participants: Cairo Bats, Jeanno Gaussi, The Disrupter X Project (Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Sunstrum Phatsimo), Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett, Utopian Union
PALA LAB - Collective Affairs is initiated and curated by ZONA DYNAMIC / Vincent Chomaz & Eliza Goldox
What is the relevance of the collective in the age of competitive individualism?
What does it mean for us—artists and cultural operators—to be working together?
It is a source of empowerment, a reaction, a conscious act of revolt or an accident?
Can we work together and resist a system based on exploitation and domination?
PALA is an artist laboratory with the key aim to express the nature of collaboration and its politics. The lab will bring together artists and collectives based in Berlin, Cairo, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Toronto to create of a temporary community of artist—a meta-collective—to establish an environment for co-production and co-existence.
PALA will repurpose SomoS into a temporary space of co-creation and critical exchange, while proposing an extensive program of public talks and presentation every evening—an on-going symposium on and about collective making, collective working, and collective being.
Focusing on performance, sound, and video, PALA intends to highlight and unwind the political, social, historical, or cultural narratives at work within and between African, Middle-Eastern, Asian, and European societies. The collective is here envisioned as a space of struggle, protest, affirmation, change, and hope—a space of social and political transition where territories, identities, bodies, genders, and the everyday can be renegotiated, transformed, or questioned.
In the end, on August 4th, the laboratory becomes exhibition!
Series of artist talks and presentations
PALA TALK with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Sunstrum Phatsimo
Monday, July 30 - 7pm
PALA TALK with Cairo Bats
Tuesday, July 31 - 7pm
PALA TALK with Utopian Union
Wedesday, August 1 - 7pm
PALA TALK with Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett
Thursday, August 2 - 7pm
PALA TALK with Jeanno Gaussi
Friday, August 3 - 7pm
PALA LAB - Collective Affairs
Saturday, August 4 - 5pm
PALA’s artists are supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, the Goethe-Institut South Africa, and Mophradat.