September 18, 2010 - Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi (MS) - Hostipitality: Receiving Strangers
September 18, 2010

Hostipitality: Receiving Strangers

Hostipitality. Receiving Strangers

Participating artists and groups: Monica Bonvicini, Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert, Alexandra Croitoru, Jens Haaning, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Kolektyw Minaret, Adrian Paci, Joanna Rajkowska, Doris Salcedo, Société Réaliste, Krzysztof Wodiczko

17 September – 17 October 2010

Curators: Kamil Kuskowski, Jaroslaw Lubiak

Opening:September 17, 6 p.m.
ms | Muzeum Sztuki
Więckowskiego St. 36
Lodz, Poland
www.msl.org.pl

Hostipitality: Receiving Strangers aims to raise the question of the situation of immigrants, or more broadly, of our relation to strangers. Our relationship to strangers makes migration — now a key factor in transforming life — one of the most crucial and urgent problems for societies to deal with.

Hostipitality is a notion coined by Jacques Derrida to show how closely hospitality is intertwined with hostility. Because of this interconnection, it is easy to treat guests as enemies. The term is especially helpful in describing what happens to immigrants, whether legal or not. They are received with a hospitality, which is lined with barely concealed hostility. That is, even if hospitality is granted them, it is often accompanied by the suspicion that the stranger has hostile intentions.

The exhibition Hostipitality: Receiving Strangers explores the radical aesthetics proposed by artists confronting increasingly restrictive politics and growing resentment against immigration. This aesthetic is, on the one hand, created by works depicting a gloomy landscape of exile where the immigrants are condemned to live. On the other hand, it is created by pieces that provide critically or analytically oriented perspectives on our approaches to receiving strangers. Through this juxtaposition, the exhibition is meant to prompt reflection on our attitudes, views and actions, and to make a contribution to a public debate concerning the immigrants’ situation in Poland and the EU.

Image above: © This Way Design

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