The last chapter of “Meeting Points 7” takes place in the Institute for African Studies in Moscow with the exhibition “Ten thousand wiles and a hundred thousand tricks”, where the work of Runo Lagomarsino and other 20 contemporary artists is presented in the unique location of a working scientific institution that does not lend itself easily to the demands of the white cube, but neither to site-specificity rooted in its physical location or the temporality of its scientific, cultural and political roles.
The exhibition acknowledges its own status as a temporary intruder, pushing the agenda of anti-colonialism towards contemporary class struggles. It takes a stance against the processes described by David Harvey as “accumulation by dispossession,” colonial replays, the revival of Cold War rhetoric and stereotypes, the neo-imperialism of multinationals and international organizations, and the renewed imperial aspirations of states as they play out in present geo-political constellations.
“Meeting Points 7”, a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival focused on artistic production from the Arab World, began in 2012 in the aftermath of the shockwaves of popular rebellion that had been reverberating across Arab World countries since 2011, alongside the prolonged economic crisis and various anti-capitalist movements across the world that have dented the myths of neoliberalism and delegitimized the existing social and economic order.
Under the title Ten thousand wiles and a hundred thousand tricks, a quote taken from Wretched of the Earth (1961) by Frantz Fanon, a philosopher and a revolutionary, written as a reflection on the Algerian Revolution and taking its title from the opening lines of the “Internationale,” the song of the world workers’ movement, Meeting Points 7 was conceptualized as a dialogue whose non-linear chapters digress, continue, complete and contradict each other.
Starting from the context of artistic production in the Arab World, but looking for routes of escape from the games of national or ethnic representations, Meeting Points 7 was devised as an international exhibition taking place in different geographic locations, whose artists, artworks and conceptual focuses shifted in response to the local contexts in which it was realized: Zagreb, Antwerp, Cairo, Hong Kong, Beirut, and Vienna.
Featured artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Chto Delat, DAAR (Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman, Nicola Perugini), Karpo Godina, Iman Issa, Sanja Iveković, Maryam Jafri, Nikita Kadan, Rajkamal Kahlon, Anton Kannemeyer, Vlad Kruchinsky, Runo Lagomarsino, Victoria Lomasko, Maha Maamoun, Tom Nicholson, Trevor Paglen, Darinka Pop-Mitić, Mykola Ridnyi, Maxim Spivakov, David Ter-Oganyan
“Meeting Points 7 – Ten thousand wiles and a hundred thousand tricks”, with Runo Lagomarsino
On view through 22nd August
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