Courtesy of Bétonsalon and KADIST.
May 26, 2016

Online publication jointly published by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research and Kadist, Paris

Qalqalah is an online, bilingual (French/English) publication jointly published by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research and Kadist, Paris. It provides an outlet for international voices that are not always heard in France, and vice versa. Rather than follow a purely event-based logic, Qalqalah develops over time to form a space for interactions, overlaps, digressions and interpretations, for the deepening of lines of research, the sharing of resources, and the development of critical thought decentered from Western points of reference.

Qalqalah borrows its title from an eponymous text by the curator and writer Sarah Rifky, which first two chapters were published in the two issues of the publication. The meaning of the Arabic word Qalqalah—”a movement of language, a phonetic vibration, a rebound or echo”—suggests a possible way of working.

Qalqalah #2—released in February 2016
The second issue of Qalqalah examines notions of “locality/ies” and “globality/ies,” seeking to understand how relationships between localities are played out. How to feel close despite distances; how to exchange and share common content and interests, beyond the paths traced by colonial and neo-liberal movements? How these affect and nourish our ways of working, particularly when it comes to collaboration?

With contributions by Antariksa, Biljana Ciric, Maxime Guitton, Marianna Hovhannisyan (with Grigor Khachatryan), Otobong Nkanga and Clare Molloy, Victoria Noorthoorn, Sarah Rifky and Simon Soon

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Qalqalah #1—released in April 2015
The first issue gathers a dozen contributions that deconstruct the dominant historiographies, through a reinterpretation of archives or museum displays. It juxtaposes existing texts, reworked or translated for the occasion, with specific commissions.

With contributions by Marie-laure Allain Bonilla, Lotte Arndt, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Maryam Jafri, Saadat Hasan Manto, Pedro Neves Marques, Marian Nur Goni and Erika Nimis, Helihanta Rajaonarison, Sarah Rifky and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

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Edited by Virginie Bobin, Mélanie Bouteloup, Léna Monnier, Elodie Royer and Emilie Villez. Graphic design by Syndicat.

Qalqalah is supported by the UDPN program – Usages des patrimoines numérisés (Idex SPC).

Kadist is a non-profit organization that believes the arts make a fundamental contribution to a progressive society. Its programs actively encourage the engagement of artists, often represented in its collection, with the important issues of today. Its programs develop collaborations with artists, curators and many art organizations around the world. Complemented by an online reach to an international audience, they aim at creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.

Bétonsalon – Center for art and research strives to develop a space to reflect on and in society. Integrated into the site of the University Paris 7, Bétonsalon works at the confluence of art and university research with the ambition to question normalized forms of production, classification and distribution of knowledge; Villa Vassilieff, in the 15th arrondissement, is its second location.


Qalqalah published by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, and Kadist, Paris

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