Exhibition

The Beast and the Sovereign

Spring 2015

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  • Fecha:
    16 Oct. 2015 - 17 Jan. 2016
    Lugar:
    Württembergischer Kunstverein (WKV) Stuttgart

The exhibition is an exploration of how contemporary artistic practices question and deconstruct the Western and metaphysical definition of political sovereignty: their new way of understanding freedom and emancipation beyond individual autonomy, as well as the modern form of the nation-state.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the last seminar conducted by Jacques Derrida in 2002-3, on the limits of political sovereignty in the metaphysical tradition. For the French philosopher, the beast and the sovereign are the two allegorical figures in politics that have traditionally stood above the law: the beast that supposedly ignores the law and the sovereign whose power is defined precisely by his capacity to uphold the law. This ontotheological division produces a series of binary oppositions of genre, class, species, sexuality, race and disability that structure the relations of dominance. On the one hand, the beast regarded as animality, nature, femininity, the South, the slave, the colonial site, the coloured subject, the abnormal. On the other, the sovereign representing the human and even superhuman, God, the State, masculinity, the North, the white and sexually normal subject. Is sovereignty possible beyond power? Can sovereignty occur by questioning these relations of dominance?

With works by Efrén Álvarez, Ángela Bonadies and Juan José Olavarría, Peggy Buth, Martin Dammann, Ines Doujak and John Barker, Juan Downey, Edgar Endress, Oier Etxeberria, León Ferrari, Eiko Grimberg, Masist Gül (presented by Banu Cennetoğlu and Philippine Hoegen), Ghasem Hajizadeh, Jan Peter Hammer, Geumhyung Jeong, Glenda León, Julia Montilla, Rabih Mroué, Ocaña, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Prabhakar Pachpute, Mary Reid Kelley, Jorge Ribalta, Hans Scheirl, Wu Tsang, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Yelena Vorobyeva and Victor Vorobyev, Sergio Zevallos.

Curators: Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Paul B. Preciado and Valentín Roma.
Exhibition organized and co-produced by the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Württembergischer Kunstverein (WKV) Stuttgart.


Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Comments

  • MACBA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona)

    El dinero público se debe utilizar señor B. Marí, “en formas de colaboración que permitan desarrollar acciones culturales de calidad, abiertas y accesibles a la ciudadanía”. Y no un aspecto que refuerza su carácter excluyente.

    Ni siquiera me refiero a la monarquía y a los monárquicos, ellos sabrán si tienen
    que dar su opinión o no sobre la obra, ahora estoy haciendo alusión a las mujeres
    en general y a las feministas específicamente, porque nos callamos, esta escultura
    presentada en el MACBA con dinero público es misógina y con aspectos obscenos de zoofilia, además de antimonárquica

    En mi opinión, MACBA museo público de arte contemporáneo tiene que tener muy claro:
    Primero, debe repensar la idea del museo en sí, al servicio del gran publico ( de 1 a 101 años).
    Segundo, una implicación con el tejido local.
    Tercero, ser una institución transparente, tanto en sus políticas como en sus finanzas.

    Usuari
    anaparis
    Hota
    7:49
    Data
    22 Mar. 2015
  • Creo que el dinero público no se debe utilizar solo para los que se quieren reir y mofarse de las personas e instituciones.
    Me parece de mal gusto, obscena y antimonárquica.
    No creo que esto sea arte contemporáneo y me ha decepcionado mucho que no se haya retirado la obra del rey Juan Carlos.

    Usuari
    trinidad
    Hota
    10:07
    Data
    24 Mar. 2015

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