Resilience: A term that has beco¬≠me part of ever¬≠y¬≠day voca¬≠bu¬≠la¬≠ry by now and is regar¬≠ded as a key com¬≠pe¬≠tence for coun¬≠te¬≠ring exhaus¬≠ti¬≠on, vul¬≠nera¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty, fra¬≠gi¬≠li¬≠ty and pre¬≠ca¬≠rious¬≠ness through one‚Äôs own efforts. But what if that does¬≠n‚Äôt work out ‚Äď what if the excep¬≠tio¬≠nal sta¬≠te beco¬≠mes permanent?
These ques¬≠ti¬≠ons form the star¬≠ting point of a con¬≠ver¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠on bet¬≠ween the artist Anike Joyce Sadiq and the cho¬≠reo¬≠gra¬≠pher and per¬≠for¬≠mer Laurie Young taking place at D21 Kunstraum. The ‚Äúembrace¬≠ments‚ÄĚ, sculp¬≠tu¬≠ral imprints and mani¬≠fes¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons of a sta¬≠te of exhaus¬≠ti¬≠on, are a core ele¬≠ment of the exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on. They do not only nego¬≠tia¬≠te the dis¬≠rup¬≠ti¬≠ve poten¬≠ti¬≠al of exhaus¬≠ti¬≠on, but also the pos¬≠si¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ties of reo¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on and encoun¬≠ter that can ari¬≠se from this sta¬≠te. What hap¬≠pens if the sta¬≠te of exhaus¬≠ti¬≠on isn‚Äôt aver¬≠ted and over¬≠co¬≠me, but stu¬≠di¬≠ed and ack¬≠now¬≠led¬≠ged? Is it pos¬≠si¬≠ble to ques¬≠ti¬≠on cate¬≠go¬≠ries like dys¬≠func¬≠tio¬≠n¬≠a¬≠li¬≠ty and to re-think nor¬≠ma¬≠li¬≠ty by rely¬≠ing on intui¬≠ti¬≠on and impro¬≠vi¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠on? What would an homage to the tired body look like? While loo¬≠m¬≠ing for ans¬≠wers to the¬≠se ques¬≠ti¬≠ons, Sadiq and Young exami¬≠ne the exhaus¬≠ted body‚Äôs social, psy¬≠cho¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal, and phy¬≠si¬≠cal sta¬≠te ‚ÄĒ invi¬≠te visi¬≠tors to recon¬≠si¬≠der the rela¬≠ti¬≠on of free¬≠zing, sta¬≠gna¬≠ting, and pausing.
Sadiq‚Äôs work ‚ÄúVisited by a Tiger‚ÄĚ is also part of the exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on in which the artist uses pic¬≠tures of her own fist as a star¬≠ting point for re-thin¬≠king the role of the self as part of the poli¬≠ti¬≠cal fight against opp¬≠res¬≠si¬≠on. In her artis¬≠tic prac¬≠ti¬≠ce, Sadiq dis¬≠cus¬≠ses the pre¬≠ca¬≠rious bor¬≠der bet¬≠ween the self and the others and bet¬≠ween sub¬≠ject and socie¬≠ty. How can we crea¬≠te an awa¬≠reness for the struc¬≠tu¬≠ral com¬≠mo¬≠na¬≠li¬≠ty of indi¬≠vi¬≠du¬≠al expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces and based on that, a supra¬≠in¬≠di¬≠vi¬≠du¬≠al collec¬≠ti¬≠ve strength?
Based upon this, D21 Kunstraum will be con¬≠ver¬≠ted into a space for and an addres¬≠see of the pro¬≠cess-based encoun¬≠ter ‚Äúin prac¬≠ti¬≠ce‚ÄĚ during the exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on: Together with the artist leo and the rese¬≠ar¬≠cher, aut¬≠hor, film maker and artist Melody Howse, Sadiq and Young con¬≠ti¬≠nue their trans¬≠di¬≠sci¬≠pli¬≠na¬≠ry inqui¬≠ry into colo¬≠ni¬≠al heri¬≠ta¬≠ge and sys¬≠temic vio¬≠lence. In this way, ‚Äúpose fati¬≠gue‚ÄĚ crea¬≠tes a space of expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces in which the con¬≠cepts of the auto¬≠no¬≠mous work of art and an objec¬≠ti¬≠ve point of view are cal¬≠led into question.