Anna Líndal | Berlin, Germany
Salwa Aleryani, Heba Y. Amin, American Artist, Rossella Biscotti, Chimurenga, Saddie Choua, Michele Ciacciofera, Anna Binta Diallo, Dimitri Fagbohoun, Mahir Jahmal, Jackie Karuti, Anna Líndal, Ibrahim Mahama, Tanja Muravskaja, Oscar Murillo, Daniela Ortiz and Sandra Schäfer
Geographies of imagination
Savvy Contemporary, Plantagenstraße 31, 13347 Berlin, Germany
September 13th – November 11th, 2018
Opening on Thursday 13th at 19:00
Geographies of imagination is a project within DIS-OTHERING: BEYOND AFROPOLITAN AND OTHER LABELS – a collaboration between BOZAR–Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Kulturen in Bewegung (Vienna) and SAVVYContemporary (Berlin) on the necessary deconstruction of “othering” practices in European cultural institutions. It consists of an exhibition, symposia, a festival, talks and performances, a residency program, mapping research, and a website, all manifesting in 2018 and 2019 in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw. These different formats share the bringing together of artists, communities, thinkers and people of all walks of life to reflect on contemporary processes and technologies of “Dis-Othering.”
Through GEOGRAPHIES OF IMAGINATION we engage in confabulations to build connections between the varied and conflicting uses of imagination in constructing otherness and the role of geography as a tool of power. How is power situated at the core of processes of othering, and how are these processes connected to forms of belonging that we could also relate to notions of territoriality and possession? The other, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates, exists beyond the border of the great “belonging”, something that contributed to producing the sense of anxiety that brought white, patriarchal supremacists of the far right to politically emerge again in recent elections, in the US as much as in several European countries.
GEOGRAPHIES OF IMAGINATION is thought as an exhibition, a research, a cartographic time-line and above all a space where artists come together to weave, through very different positions, possible formulas towards a core question bell hooks poses and we want to pose over and over again: How can we –now understood as humanity– find a sense of belonging that will encourage and bring us to “embrace all of the conditions of the world”, even beyond the human species and towards the earth as a whole?
The Berlin chapter of the project, DIS-OTHERING AS A METHOD: LEH ZO, A ME KE NDE ZA (which literally translates from Ngemba as “Keep yours and I keep mine”), is conceived as a series of discourses, performances and an exhibition that stand out as platforms on and through which, contemporary processes and technologies of ‘Othering’ could be reflected upon. It is not about the “Other” – which is just the “product.” The project is a deliberation on the amoebic and morphed methodologies employed by institutions and societies at large in constructing and cultivating “Otherness” in our contemporaneity. It is about the commodification and the cooption of the “Other” and the reinforced acts of “Othering”.
In a political moment defined once again by the need to identify an enemy as the cause of one´s own miseries from the micro to the macro scale, of identity politics either played against or in favor of someone´s practice, this project comes as particularly relevant.
About the artist
Anna Líndal studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and completed her postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1990. In 2012 she finished her MA in Artistic Research from St Lucas, University College of Art & Design, Antwerp.
Since 1990 she has been active in numerous solo and joint exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. Her resent project; Infinite Next is based on Lindal’s research expedition to Greenland in collaboration with several scientist and experts in Climate Change, project that led to a group exhibition of works by 6 artists taking place at The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, summer 2016. The works in the exhibition deal in different ways with Climate Change, systems which all societies struggle with; late-capitalism, ecosystems in degradation, human experiments to alter the environment, knowledge production, manifestations and the effects of humans on the environment.
Other projects and exhibitions include: The Istanbul Biennial in 1997, on life, beauty, translation and other difficulties, curated by Rosa Martinez. The Kwangju Biennial, Man + Space, South Korea in 2000, curated by René Block and the Reykjavik international Arts Festival, 2005 Material Time/ Work Time/ Life Time, curated by Jessica Morgan.