“The State of Things (Part I)”

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Start cramming. Catherine David is back with “L’État des choses (1ère partie),” her first major exhibition since curating Documenta X four years ago. Taking her cue from the philosopher Jacques Rancière, who links politics and aesthetics through sense perception, David proposes an anthropological development of the aesthetic, whereby art becomes indistinguishable from politics and media. The thirteen artists included in the show, mostly filmmakers and photographers, work in highly politicized and diverse cultural contexts in South Africa, China, Europe, and the Middle East. All use documentary methods, but they present events in a way that obstructs their content as information and yet falls short of beauty. David is interested in showing works that make visitors take a second look at images they would normally consume rapidly, if at all, in the mass media. We are asked to experience

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