Referendum on withdrawal from the human race

Event Details:

  • Date: 10 December 2014 19:00
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The multidisciplinary curatorial union Hudrada, which works with conflictful themes like court proceedings, the labor of (non)artists, and disputed territory, is proposing a shift in aspect – to look at humans’ place in the world not as given to them for endless exploitation or as something to be seized and bettered, but as the time of thinking and looking.

“Referendum on withdrawal from the human race” questions the idea of the human race as monolithic, and offers another view of the human in the world, one where a particular human being may have a lot more in common with a plant or, say, a mosquito than with another human.
Perhaps the notions of “man” and “humanism” ought to be questioned in a new way?
Perhaps a uniform world where all living and nonliving beings are hierarchically organized no longer exists?
Perhaps the existence of what is most luminous in humans depends on the dark sphere that separates them from animals, plants, things?
Perhaps in order to be human, man must come to know himself as nonhuman?

“Referendum” will be shown in Kyiv at art space “Closer” from 10 till 29 December 2014 (Adress: 31, Nyzhneyurkyvska st. Kyiv, Ukraine).

Join the opening cerecomy at 19 p.m. on December 10, 2014.

The exhibition was already shown at Teatr Powszechny im. Zygmunta Hübnera in Warsaw in October 2014 as part of the multifaceted project “What to kill for? War.Peace.Ukraine” curated by Joanna Wichowska.

For more information, please see here.

Supported by from Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

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