As diverse and varied as the worlds that comprise our current human reality are, they subsist amid the waste and cacophony that traverse global capitalism’s frantic and destructive race toward production. Since the onset of modernity, our planet has endured successive and ruinous changes that have accelerated alarmingly from the start of the third millennium. The place to which we have arrived today is not by chance: it is the result of historical formations constructed over centuries. In fact, the present world is the way it is because it carries all of the wounds accumulated throughout the history of Western modernity. Unrepaired, they continue to haunt our societies.
On the occasion of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, artists from around the globe engage with the legacies of modernity and the resulting state of planetary emergency. They map the world with its ruptures and contradictions, create countertrajectories to the colonial narrative, and propose decolonial strategies for the future. How can a decolonial ecology be shaped? What role can non-Western feminist movements play in the reappropriation of history? How can the debate on restitution be reinvented beyond the return of plundered goods? Can the field of emotion be reclaimed through art?
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The 12th Berlin Biennale takes place from June 11 to September 18, 2022 and is curated by Kader Attia in collaboration with Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal, and Rasha Salti. The exhibition is on view at: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg and Pariser Platz, Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy.
In Levy’s work for the 12th Berlin Biennale, the artist reports on a harsh reality, where surreal elements are already present in the daily lives of its subjects. ERASING THE GREEN (2021/22) addresses both the degradation of occupied Palestinian lands and the erasure of the notorious Green Line to benefit only one of the populations it separates: Israeli settlers. The piece consists of prints of various dimensions—documents, photographs, and maps, among others—accompanied by a video of an online conversation with two experts, who discuss the blurring of the Green Line through planning policies and legal mechanisms that intensify the state-sanctioned polarization of these ethnic groups. ERASING THE GREEN unpacks some of the immensely oppressive systems that maintain a reality that goes against both human nature and the natural world.
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