June 8, 2021 - Haus der Kunst - Sweat
June 8, 2021

Haus der Kunst

Daniel Lind-Ramos, Con-junto (The Ensemble), 2015. © Daniel Lind-Ramos. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

António Ole, Carnaval da Vitória, 1978. © António Ole.

Jacolby Satterwhite, We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other (still), 2020. © Jacolby Satterwhite. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

June 11, 2021–January 9, 2022

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
80538 Munich
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Thursday 10am–10pm,
Friday–Saturday 10am–8pm

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What is
danced no one takes
it from me
I sweat the grease
of the city or the balm

In his performance Dancing Southward (2016–), Santiago Reyes dances his way across the city calling for an embodied shift of perspectives from dominant Western narratives. The only material trace of this movement is Reyes’s sweat-soaked T-shirt. Just as Reyes from time to time incorporates different urban spaces, and persistently resists a retreat into private space, sweat is a visible expression of life and transformation, as well as of confrontation and fear.

With this central image of sweat, which permeates inside and outside, body and spirit, the exhibition brings together works by 30 international artists. These artists respond to the climate of exclusion, oppression, and repression directed at origin, culture, class, gender, and sexuality with dynamic acts of self-determination. With physical and sensual forms of expression such as dance, performance, and music, they claim the right to plurality. In the process, the works themselves often become living archives and agents of cultural memory, perpetuating and revealing little-heard histories of resistance.

To the marimba and the quissange
to our carnival
we shall return

These are the solemn words of the first Angolan president, António Agostinho Neto, in António Ole's film Carnaval da Vitória (1978), at the reintroduction of the centuries-old street carnival in Luanda in 1978, three years after the country regained its independence from the former colonial power, Portugal. Ole’s documentary poetically captures this moment of departure and pursues the articulation of a specifically Angolan identity. Carnival, as a culturally hybrid practice of masquerade and dance that temporarily inverts existing power relations and occupies the street, is a recurring motif throughout the exhibition. In particular, the identity-forming significance of these celebrations for communities living in diaspora reverberates in many of the works.

Honey – Baby
You‘re at home
You‘re not alone


One of these works is Jacolby Satterwhite's video installation We are in Hell When We Hurt Each Other (2020). The question of what home is, and how it can manifest, lies at the heart of Jacolby Satterwhite's work. The artist’s mythic worlds incorporate sound recordings and animated drawings from his mother's artistic archive and weave together a multitude of references from Black pop and ballroom culture. Music, dance, and queer self-expression form a self-selected family, a spiritual "house."

Loveseat Prototype

Healing Hurts

Im not_kind

The exhibition also focusses on forms of healing that decenter the Western separation between body and mind and sensually reclaim the power of definition over one's own, female body. The humorous inversion of misogynoir stereotyping is echoed, for example, in Tschabalala Self's sculpture series Loveseat Prototype (2020), or in Tabita Rezaire's digital self-portraits, in which clichéd elements from pop culture rub against archetypal attributions to Black women. In her hacked American karaoke machine, Super Woman KTV (2019/20), Eisa Jocson has us repeat the mantra, "I’m not kind," recoding gendered notions.

In the intergenerational and transnational grouping, dialogues emerge between works of the recent present and seminal feminist, queer, and postcolonial artistic voices from the 1970s and 1980s. In this way, the view of a changing but continuous, multiply interwoven politics of the body comes into focus, granting visceral access to contemporary social discourses through the artistic languages that react to them.

With works by Pacita Abad, Cecilia Bengolea, Mary Beth Edelson, Mohamed Bourouissa, chameckilerner, Philipp Gufler, Sunil Gupta, Isaac Julien, Eisa Jocson, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Natalia LL, MAHKU (Movement of Huni Kuin Artists), MPA, Mulambö, António Ole, Santiago Reyes, Tabita Rezaire, Michele Rizzo, Guadalupe Rosales, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tschabalala Self, Tuesday Smillie, Christine Sun Kim, João Pedro Vales + Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, Kaylene Whiskey, Zadie Xa.

Curated by Anna Schneider and Raphael Fonseca; curatorial assistance: Elena Setzer.

Accompanying the exhibition is a publication produced by K-Verlag, with contributions by Olamiju Fajemisin, Raphael Fonseca, André Lepecki, Miguel A. López, Renée Mboya, Anna Schneider, Elena Setzer, Claire Tancons, and Helena Vieira.

On June 10 from 6–10pm and June 11 from 4–8pm, artist and choreographer MPA will activate works from the exhibition.

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