TIME OF REASONABLE DOUBTS

Exhibition

30.06.2016, 19:00 Thursday

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Organizer: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)

Project curators: Silvia Franceschini, Valeria Mancinelli

Artists: Meriç Algün Ringborg (Turkey — Sweden), Emanuel Almborg (Sweden), Basma Alsharif (Palestine —USA), Sophia Gräfe (Germany), Louis Henderson (Great Britain), Daniela Ortiz (Peru — Spain), Urok Shirhan (Iraq — Netherlands), Mikhail Tolmachev (Russia)

29 June the organizers of the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art will open the biennale's Strategic projects at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Moscow Museum of Modern art. At NCCA will be presented Time of Reasonable Doubts curated by Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli.

The exhibition brings together artists from Peru and Great Britain, Iraq and Sweden, Palestine, Turkey, living today in different countries across Europe with a few exceptions, showing their art in Russia for the first time.
Time of Reasonable Doubts evolves from the dialogue of Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli on the politics of knowledge production and the potentialities of artistic research in to draft counter-narratives to established historiography. The exhibition takes as an operative word the notion of doubt. The uncertainty and opacity of protocols that govern the present moment are put under scrutiny in artistic and theoretical investigations employing doubt as a hermeneutical device. The projects on display are concerned with the formation of consciousness and focus on the role of images – mental, mnemonic or visual in the processes of the formation of truth. The idea of critically productive doubt is applied to various different cultural realities: suspicious neo-colonial relationships, mistrustful appropriated images, and scepticism towards the strategies of representation. This calls into question the emancipative potential of doubt – could it function not only as a point of departure for an investigation but also as a tool of resistance? What kind of doubtful tension arises between documentary and fictitious, real and utopian projects? Between history and amnesia, nomadic subjectivities and national identities? The works presented in the exhibition offer a critical consideration on the meaning of artistic research as developed under the current conditions of uncertainty, a common state of fear and anxiety towards the future as well as the past that shapes individual and collective dispositions and has become a way of ordering and rendering the world. Time of Reasonable Doubts experiments with the intrinsic possibility of documentary practices to question the way artists give themselves license over their subject matter.

 

How can doubt become a method of artistic investigation? 

18-00, June, 29

Discussion with curators and artists  

Curators: Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli, artists: Basma Alsharif, Louis Henderson, Sophia Gräfe, Daniela Ortiz, Urok Shirhan

The notion of “doubt” challenges images, perceptions and processes of cognition in the works presented in the exhibition. Thanks to an open discussion between the curators and the artists the conversation will try to bring light on the possibility of doubt to become a heuristic method of research and a tool of emancipation. Investigating the doubtful tension that can arise between documents and fiction, between reality and utopia and between the wish to know and its final impossibility, artists will present the background of their work unveiling processes and details of their research process.

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