KP Krishnakumar, Boy Listening, 1985
POSSIBILITIES FOR A NON-ALIENATED LIFE
“I remember Guy Debord’s warnings of a world mediated primarily through images — a society of the spectacle — as I write this note. That such a society is fascism’s main ally, we are all discovering in different parts of the world today.
Virtual hyper-connectivity has paradoxically alienated us from the warm solidarities of community; that place of embrace where we can enjoy our intelligence and beauty with others, where we can love; a place where we don’t need the ‘other’ as an enemy to feel connected.
At the heart of my curatorial adventure lies a desire for liberation and comradeship (away from the master and slave model) where the possibilities for a non-alienated life could spill into a ‘politics of friendship.’ Where pleasure and pedagogy could sit together and share a drink, and where we could dance and sing and celebrate a dream together.
Yet, how can one perform a biennale in a location where the biennale itself has become the sole pedagogic window into the art of the world? In a context that is so particular, as Kerala is, what could be a model, that would allow for self-determination for the audience?
‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’ is therefore conceived in two parts: The exhibition, constructed as a symphony of ideas — synchronous as well as diachronous, with affect and matter of factness — as well as a discursive, performative, architectural space called the Pavillion where everyone potentially can be a curator. The Pavillion can be a space where there would be no hierarchies of who could speak and what could be said and in which language; the joy of listening, speaking — agreeing and disagreeing — and working through differences, contradictions and confusions together with visitors; a perfect site for pleasure and pedagogy. The ethics of ceding authority as a curator in this space can result in the eros of sharing.
Imagine those pushed to the margins of dominant narratives speaking: not as victims, but as futurisms’ cunning and sentient sentinels. And before speaking, listening to the stone and the flowers; to older women and wise men; to the queer community; to critical voices in the mainstream; to the whispers and warnings of nature.
If we desire a better life on this earth — our unique and beautiful planet — we must in all humility start to reject an existence in the service of capital. Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life asks and searches for questions in the hope of dialogue.”
Anita Dube, December 2018
Aernout Mik (Netherlands), Afrah Shafiq (India), Ajay Desai (India), Akram Zaatari (Lebanon), Anjali Monteiro + KP Jayasankar (India), Anju Dodiya (India), Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (India/US), Anoli Perera (Sri Lanka), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand), Arun Kumar HG (India), Aryakrishnan (India), Bapi Das (India), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Bracha Ettinger (Israel/France), Brook Andrew (Australia), BV Suresh (India), Celia – Yunior (Cuba), Chandan Gomes (India), Chitra Ganesh (India/US), Chittaprosad (India), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya), Dennis Muraguri(Kenya), Domenec (Spain), E.B. Itso (Denmark), Edible Archives* (India), VALIE EXPORT (Austria), Goshka Macuga (Poland/UK), Guerrilla Girls (USA), Hassan Khan + Andeel (Egypt), Heri Dono (Indonesia), Ines Doujak + John Barker (Austria + UK), Jitish Kallat (India), Julie Gough (Australia), Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba (Vietnam/Japan), Juul Kraijer (Netherlands), K.P.Krishnakumar (India), Kausik Mukhopadhyay (India), Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar(Uganda), Leandro Feal (Cuba), Lubna Chowdhary (UK), Madhvi Parekh (India), Marlene Dumas (South Africa/Netherlands), Martha Rosler (USA), Marzia Farhana (Bangladesh), Mireille Kassar (France/Lebanon), Mochu + Suvani Suri (India), Monica Mayer (Mexico), Mrinalini Mukherjee (India), Nathan Coley(UK), Nilima Sheikh (India), Oorali (India), The Otolith Group (UK), Pangrok Sulap (Malaysia), Prabhakar Pachpute (India), Priya Ravish Mehra (India), Probir Gupta (India), Radenko Milak (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Rana Hamadeh (Netherlands), Rania Stephan (Lebanon), Rehana Zaman (Pakistan/ UK),Rina Banerjee (India/USA), Rula Halawani (Palestine), Santha KV (India), Santu Mofokeng (South Africa), Satheesh PR (India), Shambhavi (India), Shilpa Gupta (India), Shirin Neshat (New York), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), Sister Library (India), Srinagar Biennale* (India), Song Dong (China), Sonia Khurana(India), Sue Williamson (South Africa), Sunil Gupta + Charan Singh (India/UK), Sunil Janah (India), Tabita Rezaire (South Africa), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Tania Candiani (Mexico), Tejal Shah (India), Temsuyanger Longkumer (India/UK), Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Vanessa Baird (Norway), Veda Thozhur Kolleri (Kerala, India), Vicky Roy (India), Vinu VV (Kerala, India), Vipin Dhanurdharan (Kerala, India), Vivian Caccuri (Brazil), Subhash Singh Vyam + Durgabai Vyam* (India), Walid Raad / The Atlas Group (Lebanon), William Kentridge (South Africa), Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (South Korea), Zanele Muholi (South Africa)