Pressetermin am 17.10.2019 16:30h

Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte)

Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology

Exhibition: Oct 18, 2019–Jan 6, 2020
Opening accompanied by performances: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 from 6pm
Conference: Fri, Oct 18 & Sat, Oct 19, 2019

Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) is the finale of the multi-year publication and exhibition project Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology, which – in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and local curators – has passed through stations in Lisbon, Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Dakar and New York since 2017. Based on a critical reception of Hubert Fichte’s writings, the project has initiated a multi-faceted debate on colonial modernism, ethnography, poetry and sexuality. The HKW exhibition is curated by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke.

The exhibition Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) examines the historical context of Fichte’s poetic and ethnographic travel literature of the 1970s and 1980s, placing his work in relation to the global fault lines of the present, but also to the history of individual places, to queer discourses and postcolonial thought. One of the chief questions is how Fichte’s radically self-reflective method and his use of intimacy and sexuality can be relatable and inspiring today. Together with his life partner, the photographer Leonore Mau, Fichte geographically developed his enquiries along what Paul Gilroy later called the “Black Atlantic.” The exhibition traces Fichte’s utopia of a radical sensitivity of encounter, without ignoring the colonial dialectics of the power asymmetries that it presupposes: that traveling white Europeans can best afford the passivity of passion and the empire of Utopia is modeled on the image of the colonized South. The exhibition brings together selected elements and results of the previous stations, supplemented by further works, new commissioned works and extensive archival material.

Artists: Nadja Abt, Heriberto "Eddie" Alicea, Kader Attia, Gilles Aubry, Richard Avedon, Alvin Baltrop, Gabriel Barbi, Letícia Barreto, Coletivo Bonobando, Papisto Boy, Michael Buthe, Miguel Rio Branco, Rosemarie Clausen, Nathalie David, Mestre Didi, Hubert Fichte, Claudia del Fierro, Avril Forest, Alair Gomes, Renée Green, Philipp Gufler, Ayrson Heráclito, Isaac Julien, Euridice Zaituna Kala, Kippenberger und Akim S. aus 44, Friedl Kubelka, Pedro Lemebel, Cristóbal Lehyt, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Leonore Mau, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Virginia de Medeiros, Michaela Melián, Mario Navarro, Richard Oelze, Pan African Space Station, Lil Picard, André Pierre, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Daniel Richter, Thierno Seydou Sall, Pierre Verger, James Van der Zeeand many others

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication Love and Ethnology - The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte), edited by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke at Sternberg Press featuring essays by the curators of the present and past stations of the project as well as contributions by academics and artists. The articles will be supplemented by an extensive glossary.

With essays and contributions by Kader Attia, Jan-Frederik Bandel, Jürgen Bock, Lisa Deml, Diedrich Diederichsen, Rosa Eidelpes, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Anselm Franke, Renée Green, Ayrson Heráclito, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Koyo Kouoh, Dirck Linck, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Mario Navarro, Amilcar Packer, Marleen Schröder, Erhard Schüttpelz, David Simo, Kerstin Stakemeier, Yesomi Umolu.

Previous stations of the project:

Lisbon
Sep 23–Nov 5, 2017
Mistake! Mistake said the rooster…. and stepped down from the duck
Lumiar Cité, Goethe-Institut Lisbon
Curator: Jürgen Bock
Artists: Gabriel Barbi, Hubert Fichte, Ramiro Guerreiro, Ana Jotta, Euridice Kala, Simon Thompson

Translation:
Hubert Fichte
Um amor feliz
Tradução: José Maria Vieira Mendes
Edições Cotovia, Lda., Lisboa, 2017

Salvador da Bahia
Nov 7–Dec 17, 2017
Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte
MAM Museum of Modern Art, Goethe-Institut Salvador
Curators: Amilcar Packer, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz
Artists: Ayrson Heráclito, Coletivo Bonobando, Letícia Barreto, Rodrigo Bueno, Alair Gomes, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Negro Leo, Leonore Mau, Hélio Oiticica, Pan African Space Station

Rio de Janeiro
Nov 25, 2017–Jan 13, 2018
Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro
Curators: Amilcar Packer, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz
Artists: Ayrson Heráclito, Coletivo Bonobando, Letícia Barreto, Rodrigo Bueno, Alair Gomes, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Negro Leo, Leonore Mau, Hélio Oiticica, Pan African Space Station

Translation:
Hubert Fichte
Explosão. Romance da etnologia
Tradução: Marcelo Backes
Editora Hedra Ltda., São Paulo, 2017

Santiago de Chile
Sep 13–Nov 18, 2018
Suprasensibiliades
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos, Galería Macchina, Goethe-Institut Chile
Curator: Mario Navarro with María Paz Ortúzar
Artists: Claudia del Fierro, Gonzalo Díaz, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Cristóbal Lehyt, Cristián Silva, Taller Gráfico UTE (Federico Cifuentes, Elías Griebe, Héctor Moya, Enrique Muñoz, Mario Navarro Cortés, Juan Polanco, Omar Rojas, Ricardo Ubilla)

Translation:
Hubert Fichte
Chile: Experimento por el futuro
Traducción: Cecilia Pavón
Metales Pesados, Santiago de Chile, 2018

Dakar
Oct 5–24, 2018
All of the wrongs that were in the world, I gathered them up
RAW Material Company, Goethe-Institut Dakar
Curators: Koyo Kouoh and Dulcie Abrahams Altass
Artists: Papisto Boy, Maïsama, Leonore Mau, Thierno Seydou Sall, Isabelle Thomas

Translation:
Hubert Fichte
Psyché. L’histoire de la sensibilité
Traduit de l’allemand par Maguèye Kasse, Ibrahima Diagne, Mamadou Diop
L’HARMATTAN-SÉNÉGAL, 2018

New York
Dec 3, 2018–Jan 13, 2019
Journeys with the initiated
Participant Inc, e-flux, Goethe-Institut New York
Curator: Yesomi Umolu, with Katja Rivera
Artists: Malik Gaines, Evan Ifekoya, Grada Kilomba, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Virginia de Medeiros

Translation:
Hubert Fichte
The Black City
Translation: Adam Siegel with Max Bach
Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2018

Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology is accompanied by an online journal: www.projectfichte.org

Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) is part of Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology, a collaborative project by the Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by the S. Fischer Stiftung and S. Fischer Verlag. It is part of the long-term HKW project Kanon-Fragen, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media based on a ruling by the German Bundestag.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the German Foreign Ministry.

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