Life in the Conditional
Curated by: Jovanna Venegas
Artists: Ryan Oskin, SANCHEZ-KANE, Heecheon Kim, Vanessa Castro, María José Crespo, Anouk Kriuthof
Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: Friday, April 21, 2017, 6-9 pm
Exhibition dates: April 21-May 14, 2017
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Jovanna Venegas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Life in the Conditional, an exhibition curated by Jovanna Venegas. Life in the Conditional takes a look at the theory proposed by the anthropologist Victor Turner on liminality and ritual forms and how this can serve as a lens to analyze our current sociopolitical condition. Currently, there is a complete dissolution of order, and fact and fiction have bled into each other. Venegas peers into various narratives and forms that artists are deploying, with expressions ranging from defiance to the comic and sometimes frightening.
The exhibition presents Ryan Oskin, SANCHEZ-KANE, Heecheon Kim, Vanessa Castro, María José Crespo, Anouk Kriuthof—six artists from diverse geopolitical backgrounds now at work in such cities as Seoul, Merida, Tijuana, Amsterdam and New York. Through highly varied practices, they examine ambiguous, malleable, gray spaces found in liminal zones of activity, with blurred boundaries and the potential within to create new forms, languages and orders. These liminal spaces are models of resistance to dominant patriarchal structures—precisely what our sociopolitical moment of precarity needs.
Image: Still from Heecheon Kim, Soulseek/Pegging/Air-Twerking, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.