PRINT March 2001


Documenta 11

THESE DAYS IT'S TRULY CHALLENGING to make a resonant curatorial statement amid the chaotic conversation that surrounds proliferating megaexhibitions and regional biennials. Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta 11, and his cocurators (Carlos Basualdo, Ute Meta Bauer, Susanne Ghez, Sarat Maharaj, Mark Nash, and Octavio Zaya) have found a new way to make their voices heard, turning Documenta into a series of events that will crisscross the globe for over a year before settling in Kassel, Germany, the show's traditional host city, in June 2002. Enwezor says of the uprooting: “Kassel, of course, remains important, but only in the sense that it is connected to a network of knowledge-producing spaces and not isolated from them.”

The idea is to stage four off-site “platforms”—each made up of lectures and panel discussions addressing a specific theme—that will culminate in a fifth,

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