PRINT September 2007

Claire Bishop

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CURATORIAL moves in recent history was Okwui Enwezor’s “deterritorialization” of Documenta 11 via four intercontinental “platforms,” or conferences—held in Vienna, New Delhi, Lagos, and St. Lucia—that effectively unmoored the exhibition from its geographic base in central Germany. Arguably, Documenta 12 aspires to continue this deterritorialization through its magazine project, a collaboration of about ninety periodicals from more than fifty countries. Led by Georg Schöllhammer, editor of Austrian art magazine Springerin, Documenta 12 Magazines posed the exhibition’s three steering questions—Is modernity our antiquity? What is bare life? What is to be done?—to an international cohort of publications on art, culture, and theory. The responses—all told, some three hundred—inevitably localized these topics within regional preoccupations

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