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how does the world breathe now? | Wednesdays
5th Exercise with a performance by Grada Kilomba | April 21
Freeman's #3: Home & SAVVY Reader: The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse | April 22
EVERYTHING IS GETTING BETTER. Unknown Knowns of Polish (Post)Colonialism | April 27 - June 4
A CONCEPT RE-LOADED
As an art space, discursive platform, eating and drinking spot, njangi house, space for conviviality S A V V Y Contemporary situates itself at the threshold of notions and constructs of the West and non-West, primarily to understand and negotiate between, and obviously to deconstruct the ideologies and connotations eminent to such constructs. For this, it seems appropriate to invoke, convoke or deploy the cosmogenic powers of artists and artistic practice to guide us. On this journey, S A V V Y Contemporary engages in what Paget Henry would call the poetic power of artistic practice to un-name and re-name, de-institute and re-institute selves, undertone imposed voices and un-silence suppressed voices in an effort to resolve crises of entrapment.
S A V V Y Contemporary has defined as one of its focal points the urge to deliberate, experiment and experienciate on issues of conviviality and hospitality. Taking into consideration the rise of xenophobic and racial violence, widening gaps in class and economic realities, revamped hegemonial structures over the last years and decades, the necessity to reflect about hospitality seems to be more important than ever. We actively and performatively try out strategies of ignoring, abrogating, neutralizing those distances and impediments between the self and the ego, the self and the other, or basically negating the existence of self and other, as categories of differentiation. A possible method of realizing the aforementioned is through radical conviviality and sharing.
S A V V Y Contemporary is a space for epistemological diversity. A space that embodies and screams out Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ postulation that “Another Knowledge is Possible.” By moving away from the “god-trick”, i.e. the all-seeing eye of Western science that considers itself the omniscient observer, Donna Haraway offers the image of the embodied, complicated, actively seeing eye, which is a split and contradictory observer. Her argumentations for politics and epistemologies of location, positioning, and situating, where partiality and not universality is the condition of being heard to make rational knowledge claims resonate in our practice. At SAVVY Contemporary we appropriate proposals on viewing from a body – always a complex, contradictory, structuring, and structured body, against the view from above, from nowhere, or from simplicity – and we push this further to what we will call Associated Situated Knowledges or just Associated Knowledges. While viewing from these bodies, one also puts them in relation, association and companion with each other and their sociopolitical ecology. In so doing, one not only puts the bodies, but also their embodied knowledges, histories, memories in association. In this respect, art and exhibition-making act as catalysts.
Read the full concept, writte by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, here.