Readings, talks, and screenings in the framework of documenta 14's publication program
February 6, 2016, 12:30 p.m. | With Adam Szymczyk and Quinn Latimer | Dhaka Art Summit
Document 14 reading during Dhaka Art Summit 2016. Photo Credit: Noor Photoface
Possession and dispossession, displacement and debt—it seems that the stories that condition our present are inextricably born out of the stories that conditioned our past. The first of four special issues of South as a State of Mind, temporarily reconfigured as the documenta 14 journal, examines forms and figures of displacement and dispossession, and the modes of resistance—aesthetic, political, literary, biological—found within them. In essays, both literary and visual, as well as poems, speeches, diaries, conversations, and specially commissioned artist projects, the first issue of the d14 South considers dispossession as a historical and contemporary condition along with its connections to archaeology and the city, coloniality and performativity, debt and imperialism, provenance and repatriation, feminism and protest.
To launch the inaugural issue of the d14 South, documenta 14 has organized a series of public events—in Athens, Kassel, Berlin, Dhaka, and Kolkata—that bring the disparate voices of the journal, as well as those outside of it, into conversation in cities across the world. This February, South goes to Bangladesh and India for two launch events. The first will be held in Dhaka on February 6, the second in Kolkata on February 10.
For the Dhaka launch at the Dhaka Art Summit, in the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, documenta 14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer will present the first issue of the documenta 14 South as a State of Mind, reading from and expanding on its diverse explorations of both contemporary and historical forms of displacement and dispossession. In addition, they will elaborate on forthcoming issues of the d14 South, which are variously devoted to ideas of language and ecology, post-colonialism and neoclassicism, and the rich relationship among pedagogical, performative, and political processes.
South as a State of Mind is a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012. Beginning in 2015, the magazine temporarily became the documenta 14 journal and will publish four semiannual special issues until the opening of the exhibition in Athens and Kassel in 2017. These special issues are edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk. The documenta 14 South is conceived as a medium for research, criticism, art, and literature that parallels the years of work on the d14 exhibition overall, one that helps define and frame its concerns and aims. As such, the journal is a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, are an integral part of documenta 14, and the journal heralds that process.
Through this collaboration with documenta 14, The Seagull Foundation for the Arts continues its multi-faceted role in actively supporting and disseminating arts and culture publishing, as well as critical theory. This launch event is hosted at Harrington Street Arts Centre, where Seagull has previously organized several events and exhibitions, including a forthcoming solo show by K. G. Subramanyan, titled Sketches, Scribbles, Drawings.
Adam Szymczyk is the Artistic Director of documenta 14. He studied art history at Warsaw University, and in the 1990s he participated in the curatorial studies program at De Appel in Amsterdam. He was the Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Basel from 2003 to 2014, and cocurator, with Elena Filipovic, of the 5th Berlin Biennial in 2008. He co-founded the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, where he served as curator from 1997 to 2003. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement from the Menil Foundation, in Houston, Texas.
These launches are realised with the Goethe Institutes and German Embassies in Dhaka and Kolkata, and supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.
This is the second trip the Samdani Art Foundation has supported for a Documenta visit to South Asia
Quinn Latimer is an American poet, critic, and editor based in Basel and Athens. She is the author of Rumored Animals (Dream Horse Press, 2012); Sarah Lucas: Describe This Distance (Mousse Publishing, 2013); and Film as a Form of Writing: Quinn Latimer Talks to Akram Zaatari (Weils, 2014). Her writings and readings have been presented widely, including at the Serpentine Galleries, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland; and the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy. She is Editor-in-Chief of Publications for documenta 14