Dalton Paula, "Insert the knife into the banana tree", 2017

New Museum presents the fourth edition of its Triennial

(New York, USA)

The New Museum Triennial, whose first edition dates from 2009, is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to emerging artists from around the world. Reaching its fourth edition, this year’s show, titled “Songs for Sabotage”, questions how individuals and collectives around the world address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.

In order to do so, the 26 artists featured in the exhibition – Dalton Paula, a current participant in an artistic residency at AnnexB, amongst them – explore interventions into cities, infrastructures, and the networks of everyday life, proposing objects that might create a common experience. The exhibition takes as a given that these structures are linked to the entrenched powers of colonialism and institutionalized racism that magnify inequity. The works on view thus offer models for dismantling and replacing the political and economic networks that envelop today’s global youth. Invoking the heightened role of identity in today’s culture, they take on the technological, economic, and material structures that stand in the way of collectivity.

They also vary widely in terms of medium and form, going from painted allegories to cinematic works or sculptural proposals. Viewed in ensemble, however, they provide models for reflecting upon and working against a system that seems doomed to failure.

“The New Museum Triennial: Songs for Sabotage”, featuring Cian Dayrit, Violet Dennison, Tomm El-Saieh, Janiva Ellis, Claudia Martínez Garay, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Tiril Hasselknippe, Inhabitants, KERNEL, Manolis D. Lemos, Zhenya Machneva, Chemu Ng’ok. Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Daniela Ortiz, Lydia Ourahmane, Hardeep Pandhal, Dalton Paula, Julia Phillips, Wong Ping, Anupam Roy, Manuel Solano, Diamond Stingily, Song Ta, Wilmer Wilson IV and Shen Xin
Curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Alex Gartenfeld and Francesca Altamura
On view from February 13th through May 27th, 2018

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