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Opening: Resurgent Histories, Insurgent Futures

  • Slought 4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

An exhibition about cultural guerrilla warfare from across the Americas

Slought is pleased to announce Resurgent Histories, Insurgent Futures, an exhibition about cultural guerrilla warfare from across the Americas, on display September 7 - October 1, 2017. Curated by Jennifer Ponce de León, the exhibition features the work of participating artists and groups Etcétera..., Grupo de Arte Callejero, Iconoclasistas, Fran Ilich, The Pocho Research Society for Erased and Invisible History, and Frente 3 de Fevereiro. Join us for an opening reception and curator's talk on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm, and a conversation with artists Sandra de la Loza and Fran Ilich on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm.

The exhibition documents incisive instances of cultural guerrilla warfare from across the Americas: artistic practices engaged in struggles over political narratives, the meanings and direction of history, and the forging of collective futures. These experimental practices – which challenge codified conceptions of art – produce and disseminate culture in modes not beholden to state ideological apparatuses or the siloing of forms of knowledges these promulgate. Some of them also infiltrate official institutions and their representational protocols, using guerrilla tactics, critical mimicry, and biting irony to expose their sociopolitical functions or economic dealings that otherwise remain obscured.

They shed light on the social conflicts in which they are embedded, which include financial crisis, territorial displacements, social and environmental effects of extractivist industries, legacies of pro-capital state terrorism, as well as crises in, and refusals of, representational politics. These conflicts manifest themselves in multiple spatial and temporal dimensions, where, for instance, territorial displacement is linked to transnational processes of accumulation and dispossession, state violence bolsters imperialist endeavors, and the silences and violences produced by nationalist fictions reiterate colonial scripts and naturalize ongoing processes of conquest. Thus, the aesthetico-political practices this exhibition charts across different spaces of the Americas bring into view commonalities in struggle, as well as lineaments of internationalist resistance.

Later Event: September 8
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