Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future

ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany
26 Jan 2018 - 01 Apr 2018

Karrabing Film Collective, “The Jealous One” (still), 2017. Courtesy: the artists

Karrabing Film Collective, “The Jealous One” (still), 2017. Courtesy: the artists

The exhibition and the public programme in Chapter 4 of Untie to Tie examine structural conditions of the riot and its mutational econo­my.

The riot is an extra-ordinary setting that has played a pivotal role in the permanent con­frontation between dissent and power over cen­turies. The deeper crises of capitalism, racial violence, and communal tensions have convul­sed us into “an age of riots”. As master fictions of the sovereign nation-state implode and hegemonic silencing of the dispossessed only serves to reveal the cracks in governability, the exhibition Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future brings together artistic works and research positions from across the world in an endeavour to “sense” and chronicle recent riots and uprisings – evoking a phenomenology of the multitude.

With John Akomfrah, Chto Delat, Dilip Gaonkar & Liam Mayes, Gauri Gill, Louis Henderson, Satch Hoyt, Jitish Kallat, Karrabing Film Collective, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, SAHMAT, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, and Ala Younis.

Curated by Natasha Ginwala.
Assistant Curator: Krisztina Hunya.

Vernissage: Thursday, 25  January 2018, 7 pm
ifa-Galerie Berlin, Linienstr. 139/140, 10115 Berlin


Public Programme: “Riots: Dissent and Spectres, Control and Ruptures”
Friday, 26 January 6–10 pm + Saturday, 27 January 2018, 3–9 pm
Acud Macht Neu (Studio), Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin

The public programme Riots: Dissent and Spectres, Control and Ruptures at Acud Macht Neu (Studio) rethinks and reframes riots through a series of conversations, performances, and screenings. We will ask how riots inhabit and renegotiate the status quo within global metropoles, while also becoming the testing grounds of militarised urbanism targeting vulnerable and racialised groups.

Curated by Natasha Ginwala, Gal Kirn, and Niloufar Tajeri

With: Vaginal Davis (Berlin), visual and performance artist, filmmaker and writer / Zena Edwards (London), poet and performer / Nadine El-Enany (London), Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Race and Law, Birbeck School of Law / Dilip Gaonkar (Chicago), professor at Northwestern University / Natasha Ginwala (Berlin, Colombo), curator and writer / Gal Kirn (Berlin), political theorist / Dariouche Tehrani (Paris), philosopher and activist / Thomas Seibert (Frankfurt), philosopher and activist / Benedict Seymour (London), artist and writer / Niloufar Tajeri (Berlin), architect / Chandraguptha Thenuwara (Colombo), artist and writer / Ala Younis (Amman), artist, curator, and writer

With additional screenings: Santiago Álvarez, NOW!, 1965, 6 min., courtesy: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. / Alex Johnston, NOW! AGAIN!, 2014, 4:37 min. / Daniel Tutt, Insurrections Vol. I., 2017, 7:30 min.

With excerpts from Sonic Panoramas by Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo, Saout Radio

Additional information as well as the detailed programme can be found at untietotie.org or acudmachtneu.de.

Kindly supported by Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka / With special thanks to KOW, Berlin; Lisson Gallery, London/New York; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo; Smoking Dogs Films; Thomas Dane Gallery, London.


About „Untie to Tie – On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies

In times of cultural misperceptions and silenced stories, increasing nationalism, discrimina­tion and intolerance across the globe, Untie to Tie invites audiences to reflect on the impact of colonial legacies which have formed modern societies in the first place, and which continue to globally influence our contemporary realities. With Untie to Tie, ifa Gallery Berlin presents a one-year research and exhibition programme. From April 2017 to April 2018, four chapters address the colonial legacies on contemporary societies through the following angles: global relatedness, urban cultures, intersectional feminisms with a closing chapter dedicated to riots and resistance. untietotie.org

Chapter 1: Global Relatedness / 31.03.-11.06.2017

Chapter 2: Urban Cultures / 23.06.-17.09.2017

Chapter 3: Intersectional Feminisms / 29.09.2017-14.01.2018

Chapter 4: On Riots and Resistance / 26.01.-01.04.2018


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