“Between One Time and Another” unhinges a series of narratives and stories, re-choreographing them in a different way. Documented as fragments, suspended in time and decomposed into narrative textures and ideological strands, they are investigated, filtered and rearranged in a new light. Narratives and stories take on a different sort of legibility, giving insight into the workings of their historical effects. Arranged in seemingly static configurations, the artists refract the light of historical facts, turning cartographies upside down. They speculate on future pasts, question stratigraphic oracles and expose new concepts of “Otherness” as outdated strategies of alienation. Mute things are given a voice and once forgotten ideas reappear as fantastic interpretations of today’s power relations, yielding a collection of told stories and untold histories, strange encounters with local heroes and fossil witnesses of colonial inversion. Together they create a multi-perspective projection machine, sharpening our senses for the narrative layering of power, violence and hegemony over the supposed “Other”. Jens Maier-Rothe, 2016
“Between One Time and Another” is part of a long-term research project by Jens Maier-Rothe that aims to draw our attention to colonial and hegemonic moments of projection. Particular focus is placed on the narrative surveying of those moments that appear already historicised and past, although they continue to determine the extended presence of traditional power relations. Maier-Rothe is an independent curator living in Berlin. In 2012, he co-founded the art initiative and exhibition space “Beirut” in Cairo and directed its program together with Sarah Rifky and Antonia Alampi until its closure in May 2015.
Artists’ CV: Rana Hamadeh, 1983 Beirut, lives in Rotterdam: 2016 The Showroom, London (solo), 2015 6. Moscow Biennial; Kapwani Kiwanga, 1978 Hamilton, Ontario/Kanada, lives in Paris: 2015 South London Gallery (solo), Jeu de Paume, Paris (solo); Fadlabi, 1975 Omdurman/Sudan, lives in Oslo: 2016 Sharjah Biennial 11, 2015 Tate Modern, London; Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, 1977 Paris/French-Guyana, lives in Metz: 2015 56. Venice Biennial; Centre Pompidou Metz Opening hours: Thu-Fri 2–6, Sat-Sun 1–5pm, and during Art Cologne (15–17 April), 11am–6