Maria Tzanakou, What remains, ephemeral text sculpture, installation view, Kunst- halle Athena, 2012
Photo: Statthis Mamalakis
What is the global south … again? Within the realm of contemporary art, theory, and political science, the notion of the “global south” has been regarded as a defensive “get together” against the north’s hegemony. So which characteristics can apply where, and how can they escape the subjective viewpoint of the “author” that brings them together? Rather than articulating a series of presupposed fixations on cultural and historical traits, further questioning the issues of time and place and entitlement as they are being shaped anew, seems a more appropriate contribution to a conference that looks toward new commonalities. How can we create a sustainable possibility for a “democracy” that includes the citizen, refugee, immigrant, proletarian, peasant, and marginalized subjects through new associations defined horizontally, and not from the bottom up or top down?
Marina Fokidis is a curator and writer based in Athens. She was part of the curatorial team of documenta 14 (2017), 2011 a curator of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (GR) and 2003 a commissioner and curator of the Greek Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (IT). She founded and runs Kunsthalle Athena and South as a State of Mind magazine.
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