We live – and survive – in the ruins of the modern/colonial world system: its institutions, structures of inequality, border regimes and subject forms. This undead world and its refusal to die is discharging with increasing violence. It needs a funeral to make other futures possible.
Image above: This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
The exhibition Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World) speaks about commonalities and continuities in cosmologies and myths of origin across times and spaces. Only against this background is it possible to rethink the prevailing (self-)narrative of modernity as a historical caesura. Ceremony refers to the work of the Jamaican theorist Sylvia Wynter, for whom the “downside costs” of modernity are closely linked to the “mutations” from Christian cosmology to a secular discourse of modernity – from dispossession and slavery to extractivism and climate change.
Ceremony brings together works from different genres and eras as well as historical documents with many interlocutors. It includes an extensive programme of events and a publication.
Curators: Anselm Franke, Elisa Giuliano, Denise Ryner, Claire Tancons, Zairong Xiang
An exhibition with contributions by Leo Asemota, Shuvinai Ashoona, Richard Bell, Raymond Boisjoly, Gaëlle Choisne, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Alice Creischer und Andreas Siekmann, Mario Cresci, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mariana Castillo Deball, Stan Douglas, Albrecht Dürer, Léon Ferrari, Jermay Michael Gabriel, Luigi di Gianni, Yervant Gianikian und Angela Ricci Lucchi, Leah Gordon, Nicolás Guillén, Ho Rui An, James T. Hong, Dapper Bruce Lafitte, Carlo Levi, Jane Jin Kaisen, William Kentridge, Will Kwan, Mary Reid Kelley und Patrick Kelley, Titina Maselli, Cecilia Mangini, Guadalupe Maravilla, Peter Minshall, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Ernest Nash, Le Nemesiache, Rachel O’Reilly, István Orosz, Huang Yong Ping, Rosa von Praunheim, Tabita Rezaire, Elza Soares, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet, Kidlat Tahimik, Rosemarie Trockel, Joyce Wieland, Tania Willard, David Wojnarowicz, Xiyadie, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and many more.
Sunday, 23. October until Friday, 30. December 2022
Haus der Kulturen der Welt