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Debt

Curated by Reem Shadid and Yazan Khalili

Exhibition Opening:

Saturday 6 October 2018, 6.30 - 8 pm 

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah

At a time when solidarity has become conflated with support, where alliances are made through financial contributions and pay it forward favours and debt, the notion and conditions of solidarity and its role must be questioned. In their work on debt in The Undercommons, fugitive planning & Black Study, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney approach debt as a history of giving, a history of taking and always a history of capitalism. They argue that it can never be paid off as it “signifies a promise of ownership but never delivers on that promise.”[1] Taking this as a departure point, this project examines how debt and its market systems, and in particular the art market, have shifted our understanding and the role of solidarity in art and cultural practices. The project hopes to explore other thoughts and forms of solidarity, both within the current cultural economy, and those that exist despite of it by looking at existing artist practices and rethinking ways of working together.

 

The project is twofold. Firstly, an exhibition which includes a selection of artworks, papers, books, comics, talks and workshops that were proposed by artists in response to thinking about notions of solidarity, what it means today, its role and our relationship to it and the different understandings of the notion of debt. In expanding on the terms solidarity and debt and our understanding of them, the exhibition will explore issues of production, authorship, agency, power, access and transactions of ideas and art.        

 

Secondly, a collective study for a proposal towards possibilities of a new form of solidarity that can help answer the question of how do/can we work together. The study will be in the form of holding several public moderated group meetings with institutions, artists, academics and art professionals working across Palestine. The meetings aim to provide an opportunity for a critical platform for discussions on the general landscape of art and culture in Palestine. They also aim to highlight the ways in which everyone in indebted to each other through thinking of a desire of a relation through how people currently work together and/or potentially could work together with the shifting practices and systems underway. Several documents from each meeting will be produced and made accessible to the public during the exhibition.

 

 

[1]The Wild Beyond: With and for the Undercommons (from the introduction of The Undercommons, fugitive planning & Black Study by Fred Moten and Stefao Harney)

Participating artists:

A. Carmel, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Casey Asprooth-Jackson and Mujahed Khallaf, Hans Haacke, Jill Magid, Joe Namy, Khalil Rabah, Lyra Garcellano, Majd Abdel Hamid, Marwa Arsanios, Noor Abu Arafeh,  Omnia Sabry, Pablo Helguera, SUPERFLEX and Walid Raad.  

Workshops Program

Monday 15.10.2018

5 - 8pm             Marketing for Artists

                      Lecture & Digital Workshop for Artists, Writers and Cultural Professionals

                          Alison Carmel in collaboration with 7amleh the Arab Center for Social Media

                          Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah

                          Tentative Date/Time

Monday 29.10.2018

5 - 8pm             Digital Security for Artists

                          Lecture & Digital Workshop for Artists, Writers and Cultural Professionals: 

                          Alison Carmel in collaboration with 7amleh the Arab Center for Social Media 

                          Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah

                          Tentative Date/Time