THE UPSHOT OF TRANS-AFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY
Act 1: Dismantling Individuality
October 14, 2021 – March 6, 2022
MOTORENHALLE Centre for Contemporary Art
Dresden - Germany
Video evening: October 15 | 20:00 - 22:00
Mehraneh Atashi (Iran) | Evangelia Basdekis (Greece/UK) | Sabine Gruffat (USA) | Shon Kim (South Korea) | Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien (Ivory Coast) | Muriel Paraboni (Brazil) | Jhafis Quintero (Panama) & Johanna Barilier (Switzerland) | Ali Tnani (Tunisia)
Curated by Kisito Assangni
THE UPSHOT OF TRANS-AFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY proposes to explore a new image of humanity capable of valorising solidarity and critical knowlegde coming from different contexts and cultures. The programme takes its title from what scholar Anne Garland Mahler calls “trans-affective solidarity" that relies on a metonymic color politics. An imagined transnational, transethnic, transracial, and translinguistic affective encounter in order to envision a more economically equitable, racially just, and human-centered world.
The project presents work by 8 artists of diverse nationalities who provide an opportunity to reconsider how one can imagine another collective experience that would be capable of renewing our intersubjective ties in these uncertain times.
THE UPSHOT OF TRANS-AFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY approaches its subject from a variety of perspectives, one of which involves the irresistible pull of intercultural meeting points and dreams around which people converge. Most of the works embrace a sense of reinvention and agency with the aim to shape various interpretative environments. They offer an expanded frame of reference that contributes to this heterogeneous engagement with video, film and the culture of solidarity these artists encapsulate.
The programme is part of the exhibition Approximationen Derivate Surrogate curated by Denise Ackermann and Frank Eckhardt.
About the curator:
Kisito Assangni is a Togolese-French curator and consultant who studied museology at Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Currently living between UK, France and Togo, his research interests gravitate towards the cultural impact of globalisation, psychogeography and critical education. He investigates the modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice. He inherently aims at going beyond the usual relations between artist, curator, institution, audience, and artwork, in order to engage audiences in encounters with art that are unexpected, transformative, and fun. Assangni is heavily involved in video, performance, and experimental sound. His discursive exhibitions have been shown internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Malmo Konsthall, Sweden; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Es Baluard Museum of Art, Palma, Spain; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Marrakech Biennale among others.