Slavs and Tatars


The Exhibitionist #12
June 2016, Journal on Exhibition Making


The Exhibitionist #12
Journal on Exhibition Making

Jens Hoffmann, Julian Myers-Szupinska, and Liz Glass
Exhibitions are a social and collective form. Whether the products of a single artist or of a group, they gather together artworks (or objects, projects, residues) and construct from them an image of a social field. Just as understanding an exhibition involves thinking about the relations that exist among, and engender the possibility of imagining, that field, no less are exhibitions produced by a group. Beyond the artists and the exhibition maker(s) involved, an exhibition radiates from an expansive network: conservators, shippers, installers, writers, editors, designers, administrative types of all sorts, interns, guards, funders, promoters, and so on. Exhibitions are, furthermore, perceived by an audience or a public—another group—who are themselves internally divided and classed, cohesive or cacophonous….


Response I: Artists and curators

Fia Backström and Anthony Huberman
Re: family dynamics

Anne Ellegood and Kerry Tribe
Long Term Relationship

Claire Fontaine and Jens Hoffmann
Artistic Bitches and Curatorial Bastards

Inés Katzenstein and Juan José Cambre

Response II: Archival

Introduced by Liz Glass
Dear King Harry
James Lee Byars: Correspondence with Harald Szeemann (1988)

La critique

Triple Candie: Let the Artists Die
Emiliano Valdés: Who Has the Power?
Nontobeko Ntombela: Remastered
Daniel Birnbaum: Hijacking the Situationists
Slavs and Tatars: The Splits of the Mind, If Not the Legs
Rachel Rose: Artist, Curator, Meaning
An Illustrated Bibliography of the exhibitionist, Issues IX–XII

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The Assistants
Fionn Meade (Ed.)

Edited by Fionn Meade, The Assistants originates as the visual and conceptual companion of the exhibition organized at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Featuring original contributions together with rarely seen works, the publication is animated by Uri Aran, Nairy Baghramian, Matthew Brannon, Andrea Büttner, Rosalind Nashashibi, Adrian Piper, Laure Prouvost, Slavs and Tatars, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Cathy Wilkes.

“The Assistants explores the transitive potential of art, including how artworks can take on attendant guises and play assisting roles, serving as custodians of memory while also producing resistant gestures and deviant substitutions. […] Resigned to respond and generate rather than fix meaning, The Assistants are inalienable and moving within and among us, writes Walter Benjamin, ‘None has a firm place in the world, or firm, inalienable outlines… There is not one that is not either rising or falling, none that is not trading qualities with its enemy or neighbor, none that has not completed its time and yet is unripe, none that is not deeply exhausted and yet is only at the beginning of a long existence.’” – Fionn Meade

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