Diasporic Intimacies and Labor
4.30 pm – Curator’s tour with Pablo José Ramírez
5 pm – Performance of Molecular Love (Mestizo) Act 3 by Mercedes Azpilicueta
Artists: Esvin Alarcón Lam, Sybil Atteck, Nicole Awai, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Colectivo Hapa, Richard Fung, Mimiam Hsu, Peng Zuqiang, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Humberto Velez, David Zink Yi
Curated by Pablo José Ramírez
The exhibition Más Allá, el Mar Canta (Beyond, the Sea Sings) explores the Chinese diaspora in Central America and the Caribbean as a starting point to consider systems of kinship and ontologies of encounter.
Within historical recounts of colonialism, narratives of diasporic intimacies are registered as minor events or as private conundrums, obliterating their existence as creative forces that sustained the reproduction of communal life-forms and cultures of resilience. Alongside the violence of colonial labor, people first found one another and lived together. The exhibition Más Allá, el Mar Canta, curated by Pablo José Ramírez, borrows its name and takes inspiration from the book by the Afro-Chinese Cuban writer Regino Pedroso. With this work, Pedroso won the Cuban Poetry Prize in 1939, earning him acclaim as a truly unique voice of Latin American literature. The artists presented in the exhibition give voice to a collective memory of diasporic subjectivities, invoking traces of colonial spectralities.
The exhibition combines existing work with new commissions and will be accompanied by a digital publication. Más Allá, el Mar Canta takes place as part of the Berlin Art Week (September 15-19, 2021).
To ensure a safe environment, we kindly ask you to pre-book your time slot for the opening as the number of visitors in the exhibition is limited.