Artists Space

in/stasis

May 20 – 29

An exhibition curated by the 2021–22 Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 6pm

The exhibition is curated by Daría Sól Andrews, Sally Eaves Hughes, Klaudia Ofwona Draber, the 2021–2022 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Independent Study Program and features works by Natalie Ball, Meriem Bennani & Orian Barki, Carolina Caycedo, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Emily Jacir, Tomashi Jackson, Nadia Myre, Otobong Nkanga, Cameron Rowland, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Sheida Soleimani, and Betty Yu

A color photograph of a performance piece showing a nude person lying face-down and completely covered in green paint. They are laying on a large set of green, patterned, and painted paper with a soccer ball and glass of white liquid near their body.
Sheida Soleimani, Dukhan Field, Qatar, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Denny Dimin Gallery [A color photograph of a performance piece showing a nude person lying face-down and completely covered in green paint. They are laying on a large set of green, patterned, and painted paper with a soccer ball and glass of white liquid near their body.]

in/stasis brings together thirteen artists whose works attend to the attritional loss of community, land, and resources in the world around and beneath them. The exhibition approaches the experience of displacement in stasis, marking the ways displacement functions not only geographically, but also at cultural, temporal, and infrastructural levels. The exhibition takes up Rob Nixon’s proposal of “a more radical notion of displacement, one that, instead of referring solely to the movement of people from their places of belonging, refers rather to the loss…that leaves communities stranded in a place stripped of the very characteristics that made it habitable.” Such displacements often occur slowly and over such long periods of time that they are rendered invisible and readily ignored. Through attention to these calamities, in/stasis seeks to represent and resist their devastating effects.

The exhibition presents work by Natalie Ball, Meriem Bennani & Orian Barki, Carolina Caycedo, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Emily Jacir, Tomashi Jackson, Nadia Myre, Otobong Nkanga, Cameron Rowland, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Sheida Soleimani, and Betty Yu. The projects in the exhibition engage a range of subjects and geographies including: the changing boundaries and status of property in Sunset Park, New York; the Canadian Indian Act of 1876; river communities and the damming industry in Colombia; and the extraction of natural resources in West Africa. Each of the artists in the exhibition approach displacement as a critical political question, exploring the personal and institutional registers that structure, implement, and benefit from displacement. In addition to calling out perpetrators, the artists call attention to rebellions against slow violence, led by those who fight against the social and cultural amnesia induced by displacement in stasis through sustained activism and protest.

Curated by Daría Sól Andrews, Sally Eaves Hughes, and Klaudia Ofwona Draber, the 2021–22 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program.