Luis Camnitzer included in the exhibition Affective Utopia: Art as a Critical Tool curated by Bruno Leitão and Mónica de Miranda at Kadist, Paris.
Institution's press release:
With: Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck, Luis Camnitzer, Angela Ferreira, Alfredo Jaar, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Reynier Leyva Novo
and Paulo Nazareth *
KADIST invites Mónica de Miranda and Bruno Leitão, founders and directors of Hangar, an artistic research center located in Graça, Lisbon, for an art-space residency and exhibition.
Utopia, the exhibition Affecting Utopia will be approaching questions and challenges to the production of knowledge in the art and curatorial practices: a reflection on the tensions and conflicts generated by South / North issues, geographic divisions, cultural assimilation and the urgent need for decolonization of thought in curatorial processes and artistic production.
The artists in this exhibition discuss the different ways of thinking and performing utopia in contemporary art from a broad range of angles. The concept of utopia entails two related but contradictory perceptions: the aspiration to a better world, and the acknowledgment that its imagined through the artists' fictional reconstructions of reality. Affective Utopia reflects this general ambivalence, but it also poses the question of how to be a tool for critical reflection of one's own socialization process and to one's connections to affective geographic concepts of belonging, origin and diaspora.
The purpose of the art-space residency is to experiment with delocalizing the context of practices in Paris, and internationally.
Hangar in Lisbon produced exhibitions as spaces of action for public engagement beyond spectatorship and through strategies that produce sociality.
Delocalized at KADIST during the time of this exhibition, Bruno Leitão and Mónica de Miranda 's project will reframe this approach to public engagement in another context and to another audience.
Hangar is composed of a center of exhibitions, artistic residencies, and artistic studies. It is also a center of education, talks and conversations that unify geographic locations and encourages the development of artistic and theoretical practices. It seeks to organize and produce the development of artistic inter-disciplinary projects and visual arts projects that focus on a central backdrop for contemporary culture. The Lisbon program is focused on South / North problematics, taking the position that Lisbon occupies both geographically and historically.
* The artists in the exhibition have worked on exhibitions in Lisbon through residencies, talks or exhibitions.
Affective Utopia: Art as a Critical Tool
February 9 – April 21, 2019
19bis/21 rue des Trois Frères,